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Sambucus nigra Black Lace
Sambucus nigra Black Lace
Sambucus nigra Black Lace
Sambucus nigra Black Lace
Sambucus nigra Black Lace
Sambucus nigra Black Lace
Sambucus nigra Black Lace

Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace'

Perfect In Pots
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Easy To Grow
Wildlife Friendly
RHS Garden Merit
  • A garden designers favourite with its dramatic black foliage - similar to an Acer tree at a fraction of the cost.
  • Flowering from May to June with 15cm blooms of creamy-pink flowers.
  • The flowers can be used to make an interesting pink coloured home-made cordials or Elderflower Champagne!
  • In autumn the flowers are followed by dark red berries that will attract birds to your garden.
  • Supplied as established plant in 3L pot, 50cm tall - dormant in Winter, so have no leaves then.
3L pot 50cm - Item: 510394
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Product Description

With its dramatic black foliage and beautiful creamy-pink flowers, Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace' is a real head turner!

An ornamental form of the common elder, it's a real favourite with leading garden designers because of its stunning deeply divided leaves and manageability, plus as a holder of the RHS Award of Garden Merit, it's been judged to be perfect for UK gardens.

Flowering from May to June, Black Lace produces stunning umbels of dainty pink, star-shaped blooms with a subtle, lemon fragrance. These fade from rich pink to pale pink, contrasting wonderfully with its luxurious, purple-black, fern-like foliage.

In autumn, the pollen-rich flowers are followed by purple-black, shiny, round berries that will attract plenty of wildlife into your garden.

Looking like a desirable Acer tree but at the fraction of the cost, it's fully hardy, robust and a breeze to look after - it'll tolerate really harsh pruning too, springing back to life even when cut almost to the ground.

As an added bonus, and perfect if you're into growing your own, the berries will make vitamin-rich, home-made cordials and the flowers can be used to make Elderflower Champagne!

Supplied as an established plant in a 3L pot, ready to plant straight out.


To get a great display of fresh, dark leaves, cut back to ground level each year in early spring and apply a 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base.

What Is Supplied

Item 510394 supplied as:
Supplied as an established plant in a 3L pot, ready to plant straight out. Plant in sun or light shade, and will reach H1.5m (5ft) x W1m (3ft) - smaller if pruned regularly.

Plant Information

Top Tips

To get a great display of fresh, dark leaves, cut back to ground level each year in early spring and apply a 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base.

Care Guide

  • Pot-grown shrubs can be planted at any time of the year as long as the soil is not waterlogged or frozen. If in doubt, err towards spring but remember to keep pots well-watered so that the soil does not dry out.
  • Sambucus will grow in most soils as long as they're not waterlogged.
  • Shrub roots generally tend to spread out rather than down, so dig a planting hole 3 x wider than the roots of the shrub you're planting, and mix some well rotted compost or manure with the soil from the hole and use this to re-fill one the shrub is in place.
  • We've found that a square hole is better than a round one as the new roots, once they reach the edges tend to grow in a circle round the circumference of the hole whereas when they reach the corners of a square hole, they find it easier to grow through.
  • Before planting soak container-grown shrubs thoroughly and allow to drain.
  • Remove the plant from its pot and tease out a few of the roots.
  • Add Mycorrhizal fungi to the roots when planting to help plants establish quicker.
  • Place your shrub in the hole at the same level at the pot.
  • Refill the hole with the earth removed (backfilling).
  • Firm in the soil with your heel, avoiding the root ball.
  • Water well.
  • Mulch around the base of the plant with a collar, compost, gravel, bark etc.
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Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace'
Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace'
3L pot 50cm
Item: 510394
Only £12.99
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