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Black Lace® Sambucus


Bold, Beautiful, Flowering Shrub

BLACK LACE™ is a stunning development in Elderberry breeding.

Intense purple black foliage is finely cut, giving it an effect similar to that of Japanese maple. Indeed, some designers are using it in place of the more sensitive acer varieties since BLACK LACE™ is extremely durable and adaptable. Creamy pink flowers in spring contrast nicely with the dark leaves. They are followed by blackish red fall berries which can be harvested for making elderberry wine and jam, or left on the plant to attract birds and other wildlife. BLACK LACE™ is very cold hardy and easy to grow, and adaptable to most sites. Full sun is needed for the best color. It can be used as a dramatic accent plant, planted en masse for a trouble free high hedge, or incorporated into the mixed or perennial border. Left alone it will reach up to 8 feet in height, but BLACK LACE™ can also be pruned back each year to fit into more formal settings.


Excellent for use as a specimen, screen or informal hedge.    Zones 4-8  Height:  8 feet  Spread:  8 feet.  May be kept smaller with pruning.

Pair up with Sutherland Gold for a fantastic color contrast!

Pest and disease free and deer do not seem to bother this plant.  Full sun to partial shade.  Fruit is edible.

Our plants are container grown.

Plant now for color yet this year and a real show next summer!

Space 4-6' apart

Container grown .  

Propagation prohibited.  Patent/trademark tag included with each plant.  All royalties/fees are paid.

A Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Selection!!

 Shipped semi-bare root.

 Shipped out of pot with rootball wrapped. 

 NOTE FOR SUMMER SHIPPING:  Extreme heat will turn the leaves  a green-purple color.  They will revert back to purple with cooler weather.

Item Name: Black Lace Sambucus  Quart in-pot  Item Number: 13333


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Item Name: Black Lace Sambucus    Item Number: 02199


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Item Name: Black Lace Sambucus  2 Gallon  SBR  Item Number: 13071


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Item Name: Black Lace Sambucus  3 Gallon  SBR  Item Number: 02200


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Growing Tips


Best in moist soil although will tolerate dry soils. Thrives under acid or alkaline soils. Best if pruned immediately after blooming. Sets buds the summer prior to blooming. Likes high moisture. Deciduous shrub. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for the recommended rate of application.

Exposure:  Plant in sun or partial shade
Height:  72-96"
Spacing:  96-144"
Hardy Temp -25°F (-32°C) Zones 4-8

Grow either as a shrub or cut it back every year and make it into a bold perennial. Good in groupings and masses, perennial and shrub borders, as a specimen or screen, on roadsides or for naturalizing, good in boggy or wet gardens.

Excellent in large containers

Great as a shrub in the landscape or as a potted shrub on the patio. Good in groupings or masses, or perennial and shrub borders. Makes a nice specimen or screen. Tough enough for roadsides or naturalizing. Good in wet soils.

Pink flowers in early summer with lacy foliage that is similar to Japanese Maple. Bears blackish, red berries in the fall. Berries are edible and good for jellies, pies, juice and wine. Attractive to birds.

Awards Won
2006 - Top New Variety
  -ANLA Management Clinic

2005 - 12 New Shrubs
  -People, Places and Plants

2005 - Top Pick
  -Garden Gate Magazine