BLACK LACE® Elderberry

Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 6-8' Width/Spread: 6-8'

This cutleaf elderberry has the color and texture of Japanese maple, but is much more adaptable. The pink flowers will produce black fruit in fall that can be used for jams or wine, or left for songbirds to enjoy. This durable plant can be used as a specimen in mixed borders or Rain gardens. If cut back in early spring it can be used like a perennial for foliage interest (flowers appear on old wood.) This adaptable plant will tolerate clay soils, black walnut, and occasional dry conditions. It is deer-resistant.


Light: Gets the best foliage color and flower set when exposed to a minimum of four hours of sun, up to all day exposure.

Soil: Will grow in most soil types.

Water: Thrives in a range of conditions and is actually quite drought tolerant once it’s established.

Fertilizing: Doesn’t really need fertilizer, but you can apply some in the springtime if you’ve noticed the flower coverage isn’t that impressive.

Pruning: Doesn’t typically need pruning.

Botanical Name

Sambucus nigra 'Eva' PP#15,575, CBR#2633


4, 5, 6, 7

Flower Color


Foliage Color

Black, Purple






Full Sun, Part Sun


Moist, Wet

Season of Interest

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter, Year Round


Edging, Foundations, Woodland gardens


Alkaline soil, Award winner, Clay soil, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Edible, Foliage interest


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