elderberry black lace - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by ctimkovich
July 4, 2010
What are the habits, sun and water requirements, max. ht and width? Good specimen bush?

Answer from NGA
July 4, 2010
Black Lace elderberry is stunning! It has intense purple black foliage which is finely cut, giving it an effect similar to that of Japanese maple. Creamy pink flowers in spring contrast nicely with the dark leaves. They are followed by blackish red fall berries which can be harvested for making elderberry wine and jam, or left on the plant to attract birds and other wildlife. Black Lace is very cold hardy and easy to grow, and adaptable to most sites. Full sun is needed for the best color. It can be used as a dramatic accent plant, planted en masse for a trouble free high hedge, or incorporated into the mixed or perennial border. Left alone it will reach up to 8 feet in height and width, but it can also be pruned back each year to fit into more formal settings. I think it would make an excellent specimen shrub.

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