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Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla Black Tower ('Eiffel 1') (PBR)

black tower elder

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)
  • £79.99
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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.