Plant of the week –
Common Name: elderberry ‘black lace’
Botanical Name: sambucus nigra
I have fallen in love with this gorgeous shrub. It reminds me of a Japanese Maple with its intense purple-black, thin foliage, but also has a beautiful cluster of pink flowers. In the fall, this shrub produces blackish-red berries which can be harvested for making elderberry jam and wine. The berries also make a lovely statement in the winter if left in place and will attract wildlife.
‘Black Lace’ is very cold hardy and fairly easy to grow, adapts well to any soil conditions and can be used as a dramatic accent plant, planted en masse for a trouble free tall hedge, or incorporated in with mixed perennials.
Description – deciduous shrub
Hardiness Zone – 4-8
Exposure – full sun
Mature Height – 8 ft
Bloom Time – mid-summer
Bloom Colour – creamy pink
Scent – I have heard there is a slight lemon scent from the flowers, but I haven’t read anything that confirms it