Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Thundercloud'

Elder

Hardy Shrub

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Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Thundercloud' is the perfect deciduous shrub for gardeners looking for a plant that can stand out amongst other shrubs in garden borders. An ornamental Elder, it has the familiar clusters of scented flowers. The tiny pink flowers contrast greatly with the unusual, almost black foliage. Small shiny black berries follow, later in the year, and are a popular food source for garden birds. The RHS have awarded this plant its Award of Garden Merit, due to its visual appeal and low maintenance. It can grow in most conditions, but a bright sunny position will produce the darkest leaf colour. Height: 3m (10’). Spread: 2.5m (8’).

Height Up to 300cm (119in)
Spread Up to 250cm (98in)

Hardy Shrub

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1 sambucus plant in 3.5 litre pot (V64816)
2 sambucus plants in 3.5 litre pots (V64877P)

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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