One of the first of the new elderberries to show off the dark, Japanese maple-like lace foliage, and is stunning. Umbels of pink flowers, 10 inches across, dot the plant in mid-summer and give off a slight lemony fragrance. It makes a wonderful accent plant and can even be trained into a small tree or standard.
Black Lace Elderberry was the "Best New Plant" of 2006 at the Nursery Management & Production / American Nursery & Landscape Assoc. (NMPro ANLA) New Plant Pavilion and won a Silver Medal from the Royal Boskoop Horticulture Society. Available in wide release in 2007.
- USDA Zones: 4 - 7 (Will dieback in colder zones, but regrows quickly in season.)
- Height: 6 - 8', Spacing: 6 - 8'
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Bloom Season: Early summer
- Flower Color: Soft pink, fading to white.
- Foliage: Deep purple. Finely variegated.
- Growing Tips: Forms buds in late-summer. Prune immediately after flowering. Pruning only necessary to shape and control the plant or to improve fullness. Pruning or pinching young, leggy plants will create fuller branching. Can be pruned hard, to keep the plant compact.
- Notes: Berries are edible and make a nice jelly or wine. Birds like them too.