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Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Black Tower'

Elder

Hardy Shrub

What is Hardy Shrub?

Perfect for wildlife gardens

Dense and Compact

Dark green to burgundy leaves at winter to dazzling pink blooms in the summer.

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This ornamental Elder is a superb shrub for small and medium sized gardens. Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Black Tower' is dense and compact, with an upright column like habit, making it ideal for smaller garden borders, or as a stand alone specimen. Its leaves emerge green in colour, then change to deep burgundy. In summer the bush is covered in clusters of small pink flowers carried in large panicles. Dark glossy berries grow in late summer and provide a great food source for garden birds in autumn. Height: 2.5m (8’). Spread: 1.2m (4’).


Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. The flowerheads are commonly used in infusions, making a very common drink and can be made into a syrup or cordial. They can also be dipped into a light batter and then fried to make elderflower fritters. Both flowers and berries can be made into elderberry wine. For more details about edible flowers click here.

Height Up to 250cm (99in)
Spread Up to 120cm (47in)

Hardy Shrub

specimen plantwildlife gardenscottage gardens

sun or semi shade

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Flowering Months


2 sambucus plant in 9cm pots (KA7896)
1 x 3.5 litre potted sambucus plant (62081)
2 sambucus plants in 3.5 litre pots (V63393P)
1 x 9cm potted sambucus plant (KA7534)

Sambucus plants thrive on any moist but well drained soil, even coping in shallow, chalky conditions. Choose a position in sun or dappled shade.
Feed and water Elder plants until well established. Sambucus requires little maintenance but may be pruned in spring to restrict its size to the space available. If necessary, Elder plants will respond well to hard pruning, which promotes plenty of fresh growth.

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Van Meuwen strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. Sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this, so regretfully we are unable to ship live plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3

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