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Black Lace® Elderberry

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  • USDA Hardiness Zones 4-7
  • Height 6-8 Feet Tall
  • Spread 6-8 Feet Wide
  • Light Requirement is Part Sun to Sun

Shrubs with green leaves are nice, but a uniform shrub border can look like a green wall. The dark purple-black leaves of Black Lace Elderberry will create a dark spot in your yard or garden but in an attractive, not gloomy way. This deciduous shrub is covered with lacy foliage from spring into fall. It will create a statement in your landscape.

This shrub produces numerous 10-inch-wide clusters of lemon-scented creamy-pink flowers. The flowers produce purple-black berries in the fall. The flowers and cooked fruit can be used for flavoring and are said to have medicinal benefits. The berries can also be used to make delicious jam or wine. This shrub can be used in mixed perennial borders, to create hedges or screens and as an accent plant in your garden. It can also be grown in a container but will need pruning to restrict its natural large size.

Black Lace Elderberry Care

Black Lace Sambucus nigra 'Eva' USPP 15,575 will grow to 6 to 8 feet tall and wide in an upright form at maturity in a full or partially sunny location. This fast-growing plant thrives in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 7 in moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil. It’s deer resistant but susceptible to aphid infestations and verticillium wilt disease. Birds and butterflies are attracted to Black Lace Elderberry blossoms.

This plant will tolerate pruning to restrict its size. While not seen as invasive, this shrub will self-seed and form root suckers to form new plants. Prune suckers if naturalizing is not desired. This plant won the Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Black Lace Elderberry Spacing

Space multiple Black Lace Elderberry plants 7 feet apart on center. Plants can be spaced about 5 feet apart on center to create a denser hedge.

Black Lace Elderberry Plant Facts

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-7
Flower Color(s): Pink Flowers
Bloom Period: Early Summer
Foliage Color(s): Lacy Black
Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun
Height: 6-8 Feet
Spread: 6-8 Feet
Spacing: 7 Feet Center on Center
Habit: Mounded
Blooms On: Old Wood
Watering: Average
Shrub Type: Deciduous
Scientific Name: Black Lace Sambucus nigra 'Eva' USPP 15,575
Common Name: Black Lace Elderberry

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

(Updated: 7/22/20) Please Note: There are some shipping delays of plants due to the heat. The delays on dependant on temps & distances from shipping location. The plants tend not to do the best with no light & water for a few days combined with this heat. We want to get you your plants shipped out but we also want them to arrive to you good condition. Ordering now will reserve the plant for you and we'll ship when it's safe. Please reach out to if you would like more information.

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 7-10 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

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Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

11 Reviews - Black Lace® Elderberry Show Reviews

  • 5
    Black lace...

    Posted by Jeff Beard on Aug 30th 2020

    Easy to order, fast delivery. Sent a personal email from owners for the order. Thought the plant was a little small but was healthy and has had great new growth since planting.

  • 5

    Posted by Paul Nailor on Aug 11th 2020

    Plants that I ordered came healthy but were considerably smaller than I anticipated. But that’s what growing is for I guess

  • 5
    Great plants, well packed and timely shipping. ...

    Posted by Katie Anderson on Jul 5th 2020

    Great plants, well packed and timely shipping. Love that it's a family business, will purchase here again!

  • 5

    Posted by Christa Pylant on Jun 22nd 2020

    This little elderberry arrived well-packaged, safe, sound, and healthy. I received it last month and it's already doubled in size. Very pretty.

  • 5
    Great quality plants!!

    Posted by Jennifer Fujii on Jun 17th 2020

    I ordered three Black Lace Elderberrys and they are thriving in my yard!! Very happy with my purchase :)

  • 5
    Black Lace®...

    Posted by Nancy Petro on Jun 16th 2020

    Black Lace® Elderberry

  • 5
    Great looking Elderberry...

    Posted by Sarah Mell on Jun 14th 2020

    Took awhile to arrive because of COVID but when arrived they are packed nicely and came in great shape and very healthy. Happy with my purchase.

  • 5
    Great plant packed with great...

    Posted by Joan Morris on Jun 10th 2020

    The plant was in good health and transplanted easily. I will buy from Addicts Plant again!

  • 5
    Black beauty and Black...

    Posted by Monique Kuschel on Jun 9th 2020

    Both plants arrived safely and without any breakage. They are settling in the backyard and have already grown new leaves.I hope the little bit of direct sunlight they get will be enough for them to grow healthy and bear enough fruit for the wild birds. My experience with this company has been positive and very pleasant and the plants look great.