Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 8-12' Width/Spread: 8-12'

A very showy variegated elder, this plant provides season-long color to landscapes. The blue-green leaves have crisp variegation that starts out gold in the spring before turning cream as the season progresses. The white flowers will produce black fruit if planted near another variety (Black Lace® is a good choice). Although it was not selected for its fruit production it will provide some berries for songbirds. This is a more stable plant than older variegated cultivars, and has more blue in the foliage.

This variety is no longer available; the information on this page is for reference only. Please view the similar plants below for substitutes.


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 'Sanivalk' PP#28,314, CBRAF


4, 5, 6, 7

Flower Color


Foliage Color

Variegated, White






Full Sun, Part Sun


Moist, Wet

Season of Interest

Early Summer


Borders, Containers, Foundations, Naturalizing


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

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