The Plant Company

Bringing your garden to life


01403 740100

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The Plant Company
Coolham Road
West Chiltington
West Sussex
RH20 2LH

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Opening times:
Monday-Friday, 9:00-17:30


The Plants

Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace' 180cm

black elder

Photo of Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace' 180cm


A striking plant for the back of the border. It has very finely cut, almost black foliage, which is the perfect foil to the scented, pink-flushed blooms in June followed by blackish-red berries in autumn.


  • Shrubs

Foliage: Deciduous

Hardiness: Hardy

Vigour: Medium growing


  • Beds and borders
  • Cottage style garden
  • Woodland area
  • Contemporary style garden

Special features

  • Attractive to wildlife
  • Low maintenance
  • Attractive to bees
  • Architectural
  • Scented flowers
  • Berries

Care instructions

Grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. To achieve the best foliage effect cut back older specimens to ground level each year in early spring.


Size: Large

Pot size: 12 litre

Eventual height: 600cm

Eventual spread: 600cm


  • Light shade
  • Sun


  • South
  • East
  • West
  • North

Soil types

  • Sandy
  • Normal
  • Clay

Soil pH ranges

  • Acid
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline

Special conditions

  • Wet shade