Sambucus nigra 'Eva' flowers - (syn. S. n. Black Lace™)

Sambucus nigra ‘Eva’ Family: Caprifoliaceae
(sam-BOO-kus NIH-grah)
syn. Sambucus nigra Black Lace™

Common name: purple cutleaf elderberry; black European elder
Zone: 4 – 7
Height: 6-8 ft (1.8-2.4m) Spread: 6-8 ft (1.8-2.4m)
Aspect: full sun; partial shade
Soil: fertile; moist; well-draining
Water: moderate

Description: A deciduous shrub with an upright growth habit. Purple-black leaves are deeply cut, lending the plant the exotic look of a Japanese maple. Masses of showy cream-pink flowers appear in summer followed by dark, purple-black berries in late summer.


Special Notes: Native to Europe. Foliage holds its colour well, even in full sun. Plant benefits from an initial hard pruning in late winter or early spring if a fuller shape is desired. If garden space dictates keeping this shrub within boundaries, prune on a two or three year cycle as flowers are born on two year old stems. Berries are edible. Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer.


Great Plant Pick 2010; Sambucus genus – Herb of the Year 2013



Posted on May 12, 2013