Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla Black Lace = 'Eva'
Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Black Lace' (purple elder) is a recent introduction to the elder scene with gorgeous lacy dark purple foliage. Musk-scented soft pink flowerheads appear in May and June followed by edible black berries. A delicious pink cordial can be made from the flowers and excellent wine from the berries. Unpruned it will make a magnificent large shrub to 4-5m high, a spectacular sight in full flower. Alternatively, to keep it compact, to around 1.5-1.8m, and promote larger, even more impressive leaves, it can be pruned hard in late winter, making a superb foliage plant for a mixed border.
Thrives in any reasonable soil, with best foliage colour in full sun.
RHS Award of Garden Merit.
British nursery grown.
|Awards||RHS Award of Garden Merit|
|Botanical name||Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla|
|Plant breeders' rights code||'Eva'|
|Plant type||Deciduous Shrubs|
|Season of interest||Spring, Summer, Autumn|
|Time to maturity||5 - 10 years|
|Ultimate height||2.6m - 4m|
|Ultimate spread||1.6m - 2.5m|