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Sambucus Black Lace®
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Sambucus Black Lace®

A flowering shrub unlike any other!
ZONE 4,5,6,7
As low as $14.99
  • Lacy black foliage
  • Big pink flower clusters
  • Deer resistant
  • Versatile plant makes a stunning specimen
  • Hardy
  • Ship size: Starter Quart
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Sambucus Black Lace® Description

Everyone will ask, “What’s that?” when you add Black Lace® elderberry (Sambucus nigra) to your garden. Between its black, finely cut, lacy foliage and big pink and white flower clusters, it’s a truly unique looking shrub that makes a statement wherever you plant it. Blooms appear in early summer and give off a light, sweet anise scent. They are often used to infuse and flavor water or you can make your own elderflower champagne. If left on the plant, and a compatible pollinator is nearby, you’ll get a crop of black berries that will be relished by birds and other wildlife.

Black Lace elderberry from Proven Winners is a versatile plant that can be left to grow into a large shrub, trained into a tree-like habit, or cut back each year to behave more like a foliage perennial (if you choose this method, do note that it won’t flower, as it blooms on old wood). It’s really up to your imagination how to use this striking plant!

If you want berries to form on this elderberry, you need to plant a different variety to pollinate it - you can choose from Black Beauty, Instant Karma, and Laced Up. Plant them anywhere within 50' of another, though closer is preferable to ensure best pollination. Both plants will get berries.

Special features: fragrant, berries, deer resistant, Proven Winners, colorful foliage.

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name: Sambucus nigra 'Eva'
  • Common name:
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Full sun (6+ hrs/day) to part sun (4-6 hrs/day)
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    Starter quart
  • Soil type:
    Any well-drained soil will do.
  • Soil moisture:
  • Height x width:
  • Flower color:
    White and pink
  • Foliage color:
  • Season of interest:
  • Uses:
    Specimen, Hedge, Perennial gardens, Landscaping.
  • Patent: USPP 15,575
  • Cannot ship to:
    AK, HI



Soil:  Not finicky about soil, as long as it is well drained. Tolerates occasional wetness and dryness.  
Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) to part shade (4-6 hrs of sun/day).The warmer the climate, the more beneficial shade becomes.
Water:  Average.
Space:  6-10' apart, depending on your ultimate goal for the plant.
Fertilizing:  Little needed. Apply a granular rose fertilizer in early spring if desired.
Winterizing:  A good 2-3" layer of mulch is recommended; nothing else is needed.
Maintenance:  Avoid cutting plants back/trimming them; rather, prune out branches selectively to attain desired shape. If you want to have berries on your plant, you will need to plant another elderberry of the same species within 50' of this one. Not recommended for hot climates.  


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Excellent quality - pleasantly surprised
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Critter  |  May 21, 2020
I am always concerned when ordering plants without seeing them. For some plants, like this one, I could not find one at a nursery within 2 hours. With the exception of a single shrub that had minimal growth and I confess I did get and plant while waiting on this one. When I received my black lace elderberry from GreatGardenPlants, I was so pleasantly surprised and relieved! Only the small size was available when I ordered, so I didn't expect much, but I got a bushing, happy little shrub about 8" tall. It was so much better than the little twig I found (and paid more for) locally. I also ordered the Laced Up sambucus so I'd have berries and that one, too, is a delight. I've since planted them and they are doing very well. I'm so happy - and pleasantly surprised - with the quality of the plants I ordered here. I know it's a risk when you order plants sight unseen, and that's why I wanted to share my positive experience. I did hate the wait for it (ahem, covid-19 level delays), but it was shipped in the timeframe I was given at checkout. Most of us, though, when we order a plant, want to get our hot little hands on those things immediately and get them in their spot. Nonetheless, it was worth the wait. I've had some not so good experiences with online plant vendors and I've learned to keep reminding myself not to be overly optimistic, but I will order from this site again!