General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 6 to 8 feet
Plant Spread: 6 to 8 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Other: Dark purple compound, pinnate leaves.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Other: Lemon scent
Flower Color: Mauve
Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Flowering Tree
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Fermented
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Flies
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: PP15575

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Trade name information:
Trade Name: Black Lace™
Cultivar name: 'Eva'
Common names
  • Elderberry
  • Black Elder
  • Bourtree
  • European Elder

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Location: Kalama, Wa.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Utah
Date: 2018-05-29
Location: West Valley City, UT
Date: 2012-05-25
Location: Albuquerque Botanic Gardens, NM Zone 7b
Date: 2023-05-23
A stately landscape specimen
Location: Albuquerque Botanic Gardens, NM Zone 7b
Date: 2023-05-23
Dark delicate leaves
Location: My garden
Date: 2020-05-10
Location: Carson City, NV
Date: 2022-06-07
Location: Louisville KY
Date: 2023-05-19
Late May blooming in shade. Survived Late December -10 F.
Location: Carson City, NV
Date: 2020-06-02
Location: Northern Illinois (Zone 5a)
Date: 2018-06-09
Location: My garden
Date: 2023-05-17

Date: 4/29/2020
3rd year in the landscape, white blooms against dark foliage stan
Location: Kalama, Wa.
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Location: On a garden tour
Date: 2010-05-23

Date: 2010-05-23
Location: My garden
Date: 2023-05-27
Location: Peterborough, ON, Canada
Date: 2013-06-22
Location: Peterborough, ON, Canada
Date: 2013-06-22
Location: Northern Illinois (Zone 5a)
Date: 2018-06-09
Location: Mpls
Date: 2021-07-05
Location: Hampton Bays NY
Date: 2016-06-11
Vigorous growth, late May blooming
Location: West Valley City, UT
Date: 2011-06-12
Location: My garden in Oklahoma City
Date: 05-03-2020
Sambucus nigra Black Lace™
Location: My garden
Date: 05-03-2020
Sambucus nigra Black Lace™
Location: My garden in Oklahoma City
Date: 05-03-2020
Sambucus nigra Black Lace™
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Date: 2019-05-26
full-grown shrub in bloom
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Date: 2017-10-10
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2008-06-13
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Location: Farmer John's Greenhouse, Farmington Hills, MI
Date: 2010-05-17

Date: 2010-05-23
Location: IL
Date: 2014-06-18
Location: Kalama, Wa
Date: 2011-06-28
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: New York City Area
Date: 2020-05-29
Branch cutting
Location: In my garden
Date: 2013-05-08
Location: Home
Date: 2016-09-17
Location: Home
Date: 2016-09-17
Location: Home
Date: 2016-09-17
Location: IL
Date: 2014-06-07

Date: 2018-05-28
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2016-06-17
Location: West Border
Date: 2016-05-29
Location: IL
Date: 2016-04-17
Leaves just starting to emerge in spring.

Date: 2018-04-20
Closeup of buds
Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C. 
Date: 2010-11-03
After dying back - a new beginning. 1:31 pm.
Location: Longwood Gardens PA
Date: 2023-06

Date: 2012-07-05
Location: Fairfax, VA | July, 2022
Date: 2022-07-16
Location: Farmer John's Greenhouse, Farmington Hills, MI
Date: 2010-05-17

Date: 2010-05-23
Location: Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2010-05-31
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photo credit: Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-05-23
Location: Farmer John's Greenhouse, Farmington Hills, MI
Date: 2010-05-17
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christine2 On June 9, 2022 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
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celloms On June 20, 2023 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
Strong shrub but couldn't compete with backyard slope/forest conditions with deer and groundhog pressure and harassment. Gradually died...
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