Sambucus nigra black lace
Cultivar: 'Black lace'
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist, Sandy
One of a number of ornamental varieties bred from our native elder. The cracking plant 'Black Lace' makes a stunning show plant for the back of the border. It has very finely cut, almost black foliage a bit like a Japanese Maple, which is the perfect foil to the pink-flushed blooms.
It will grow almost anywhere, including difficult conditions such as waterlogged or very chalky ground.
In autumn, leaves turn rich red. To produce the best coloured leaves, prune plants back to ground level every year in early spring. Plant with golden plants or Japanese maples. Also in Sutherland gold (click here) . A gold / green version which has lime green / yellow leaves planted to gether with a red maple they blast out clour and texture to the back of a border. uder plant with smaller flowering shurbs.
Dry, Moist, Well-Drained, Wet
Tolerance: Alkaline Soil, Dry Sites Salt, Soil Compaction
Wet Sites, Wind. Ideal for Wexford or coastal areas.
Uses: Barrier border, foundation, hedge, massing, naturalizing, screen, specimen
Foliage Color: red - purple, almost black.
Cultivars: NOT IN STOCK
NOT IDEAL FOR IRELAND
'Albo-variegata' - White speckled foliage.
'Gerda' (Black Beauty™)- Black (dark purple) leaves, fragrant pink flowers.
'Madonna'- Leaves are a mix of green and yellow; white flowers.
'Pulverulenta'- Green leaves mottled with white.