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European elderberry 'Black Lace'        

Sambucus nigra

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Black Lace is a popular variety of European elderberry, which belongs to the Sambucus genus (Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace'). Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Coral pink and   Pale pink and   Light salmon pink. When mature, blooms are roughly 0.3 cm (that's 0.12 inches in imperial) in diameter.The mature flowers take a Single form, with an approximate petal count of 5. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Tyrian purple and   Smoky black. Leaves appear approximately as a   Barn red and   Tyrian purple colour.

Deciduous shrub. At first glance the leaves are similar to an Acer, very finely divided and apear plamate, but on close inspection the lenticils on the new growth shows characteristics of the sambucus or elder family. The stem is grey and smooth the leaves a dark red. The flowers are tiny, but numerous held together in a flat spray of pink and white

This variety is a Ornamental that typically grows as an Perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. Black Lace is known for its Shrub habit and growing to a height of approximately 3.10 metres (10.08 feet). This variety tends to bloom in late spring.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Black Lace have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Black Lace

  • Medium

Can be propagated from soft or semi ripe cuttings in the spring or summer, and hard wood cuttings in the winter. Take hard wood cuttings with a heel and avoid the pithy young growth as this will rot

Keep in mind when planting that Black Lace is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 4 - 8 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant.

Growing Black Lace from seed

Collect the seeds from within the soft fruit as soon as they ripen and sow fresh in the autumn, leaving the planting exposed to the weather. The seeds will keep if stored dry in a refrigerator.
Germination may take until the following spring

Soil temperature should be kept higher than 20°C / 68°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Black Lace

Choose a sunny or semi sunny spot with room for the shrub to branch and spread.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Black Lace is a hardy plant.

Harvesting Black Lace

The berries are ripe in the late sumer or early autumn. Each berry contains a woody pip

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by late summer.