Black Lace® Elderberry
Throughout the world, Elders have long been considered powerful trees and shrubs. Sicilians thought the branches killed serpents and drove away robbers; Serbs believed the branches brought good luck at weddings; the English carried knotted twigs in their pockets to ward off rheumatism. We invite you to plant Elders to provide quick shade, wind protection, or an easy screen for unwanted views.
These wild-looking deciduous shrubs grow quickly and offer a beautiful accent near water. With pinnate leaves, white to pink flat flower clusters that measure up to 10 in. wide, and small, dark fruit, most of the twenty species of the genus like good, moist soil.
Awarded the Royal Boskoop Horticultural medal, this large reliable Elder is the classy outcome of an extensive 10 year British breeding program. Sumptuous purplish ebony shades infuse the young stems and fine-cut compound pinnate leaves that impart a lacy Japanese Maple flair. Garnished with broad lemon-scented pink umbels and edible blackish red berries, ‘Black Lace’s comely upright profile works best either as a fast-growing accent or massed as a mysterious deciduous backdrop for a natural-style border, where it entices gardeners, birds and other wildlife, fancies periodic pruning plus endures clay and deer. (pp#15,575)
Size: 6' 0" – 8' 0" high x 6' 0" – 8' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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