Sambucus nigra 'Eva'

Black Lace™ Purple Cutleaf Elderberry

Deciduous Shrub, Tree

In early summer, pink flowers look spectacular against finely cut, dark purple foliage. This deciduous shrub looks good spring to fall and is easy to grow! When it was first introduced, its smaller size was a touted feature. As it turns out, this is a relatively fast growing shrub and in Pacific Northwest gardens it's exceeding its initially forecasted size so give it some room. A "Great Plant Pick" for the Pacific Northwest!

Growing Conditions

Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Afternoon Sun, Filtered Sun, Open Shade

Water Needs: Average


Size: 96 - 120 tall x 96 - 120 wide
Shape / Form: Upright
Foliage Texture: Medium
Foliage Quality: Medium

Features: Attracts Bees, Attracts Birds, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attractive Foliage

Foliage Color: Black, Burgundy / Maroon, Purple / Violet

Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Season: Jun, Summer
Flower Shape: Umbel

Fruit Description: Black, Medicinal / Utility

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Banks and Slopes, Hedges and Screens, Mixed Border, Structure / Foundation
Special Situations: Tough / Fool-Proof
Wildlife: Birds, Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Hummingbirds

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: mid-plane filler
Plant Behavior: Fast Growing / Vigorous
Collections: Great Plant Pick

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: medium

Plant Combos