Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Eva' (PBR)

black elder (syn. Black Lace)

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Buy Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Eva' (PBR) black elder (syn. Black Lace): A striking plant with dramatic almost black, dissected foliage

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of Growth: average
  • Flowering period: June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This recent introduction has almost black, dissected foliage and from May to June pale pink, musk-scented blooms emerge from beautiful creamy-pink buds. It makes an excellent shrub for all styles of gardens and has the added bonus of having blackish-red berries in autumn which are attractive to birds and when ripe can be used to make a wonderful wine. For best foliage colour grow it in full sun, otherwise it can fade to a greenish-bronze.

  • Garden care: To achieve the best foliage effect cut back to ground level each year in early spring and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.

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Notes on Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Eva' (PBR)

"Never under estimate the power of foliage and the lacy black leaves on this shrub would shine out close to the silver-green foliage of buddlejas or phlomis"

Arrived in very good condition and is romping away

5

One of the plants I would not be without

slow but sure

E Sussex

Yes

Perfect foil for soft pinks and white plantings

5

Has a reputation to be a bit of a thug, cut to size each year keeps this a lovely plant for the back border.

Your Lovely Garden

Marlow

Yes

Sambucus nigraf.porphyrophylla'Eva'(PBR)

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Hello Can the flowers and berries from EVA be used in the same way as elderflowers from the common Elder?

websurfer

Hello there Yes the fruits when ripe can be used for cooking or for making wine.

my sambucus nigrA BLACK LACE HAS LOST ALL ITS LEAVES SHOULD i PRUNE IT HARD NOW OR LEAVE IT UN TIL THE SPRING, ARE THEY LONG LIVED PLANTS

STOKES

Hello, I am not sure how old your plant is, however as a general rule these plants do tend to be relatively long lived. It does seem strange that yours has already lost all its leaves though, so do check for any signs of verticillium wilt and also make sure the plant is kept well watered (particularly if it has recently been planted). As for pruning, if it was planted this year, then its best to leave it, however if it is well established, cut down half of the stems to ground level and then shorten the remainder by half in winter.

Helen

when is the right time to prune sambucus

Sonya

Hello, The best time to prune them is in winter or early spring while they are still dormant.

Helen

I recently bought a Sambucus Nigra Black Lace Eva and planted it a few weeks ago in my front garden which is South facing, in good loamy soil. I water it regularly, however the lower leaves are dying and falling off. There is new growth at the top. It has been quite windy lately and I don't know if the plant is just losing a lot of water through its leaves. Any ideas?

Alison

Hello, Most plants lose their older lower leaves as they put on lots of new growth, so I would not be too concerned unless it is quite extreme. If it is, then it could be caused by a number of things including too much or too little water, too much fertiliser or incorrect planting depth.

Helen

Can this plant be grown in a pot?

Planter

Hello, Ultimately this will be happier in the ground, but provided the pot is large enough and you make sure it is kept really well fed and watered, then you should be able to keep it in a pot for a few years.

Helen

when is the best time to prune my sambucus nigra black lace, it usually starts to loose its foliage when it gets cold in autumn and then I cut it right back but I haven't had any flowers this year.

fitbod

Hello, If you are growing the plant for its foliage alone, then you can give it a hard prune in early spring, but if you want it to produce flowers as well, then once established, you should cut down half the stems (the older ones) to ground level in winter, and then shorten the remaining stems by half.

Helen

When and what do I feed my samba black lace for best results?

Newby

Hello, These need a good general purpose fertiliser such as Vitax Q4 or Miracle Gro, which should be applied (following the manufacturers instructions) during the growing season.

Helen

Is it too late to prune my Black Beauty its looking very leggy?

Gemii

Hello, Yes, it is very late, however you could probably still get away with it if you do it soon.

Helen

will this plant be invasive like elder with the white flowers which has both an upright and forming habit? Love the shrub but don't want the problems I have had with elder

Linda

Hello, No, this is a much better behaved plant than the common elder.

Helen

I have a black elder plant (Black Lace). I am not concerned about how tall it will grow as the said 3 metres is fine, but can I cut it back its width without preventing flowers?

cutsey

Hello there If you prune in early spring, those stems that you have cut back probably won't flower that year. Hope this helps

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