A fast-growing deciduous large shrub or small tree, Sambucus nigra Black Lace has elegant finely-cut leaves of a rich, dark purple-black colour. The flowers produced in May and June are similar to the native Elder, having strongly scented flat heads of tiny creamy-white flowers, but with pink flushes throughout. In Autumn, the foliage turns a rich-red colour. A very good shrub for wildlife when in flower and berry.
For best results, grow Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’ in moist but well drained soil in full sun to partial shade. However, it will tolerate waterlogged or very chalky ground.