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botanical name:
Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Eva'
Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Eva' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Elderberry, Black Elder
synonyms:  Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace'
family:  Adoxaceae
characteristics: tree, scented/aromatic
height: 3.00m
width: 3.00m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: maroon
flower colour: pink
fruit colour: black
stem/bark: brown
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, wet/waterlogged soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -29°C
USDA zone: 5 to 8
description:
Deciduous shrub with very finely divided, filigree foliage of deep burgundy-black leaves. Creamy pink flowers in spring, followed by dark red-black berries in late summer.

cultivation:
Moist well drained soil in sun or part shade. Tolerant of a wide range of conditions and easy to grow.
Prune back hard in early spring.

propagation:
Softwood or hardwood cuttings, in spring or late autumn.

usage:
Good garden plant, easily trained and can be used for similar effect as Japanese Maples, but more tolerant of adverse conditions.

other notes:
Bred by the Horticultural Development Council and Horticulture Research International, East Malling, UK, introduced 2003.

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