Eventual height & spread
Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla Black Tower ('Eiffel 1') (PBR)
black tower elder
- available to order from late autumn
- 12lt (0.8-1m)
This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
This tall and slender deciduous shrub is primarily grown for its foliage, which emerges green in spring, but (if exposed to lots of sun) will soon turn a deep burgundy colour. In early summer, the stems are crowned with big, flattened sprays of lightly perfumed, small pink flowers. It makes a dramatic stand-alone statement, and is useful for adding contrast and interest to the shrub border. For best foliage colour grow it in full sun, otherwise it can fade to a greenish-bronze.
- Garden care: To achieve the best foliage effect cut back to ground level each year in early spring and apply a generous 5-7cm mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.