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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
Sambucus nigra Black Lace Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Black Lace'
Sambucus 'Black Lace'
Sambucus can be herbaceous perennials, deciduous shrubs or small trees, with pinnate leaves and umbels or panicles of small creamy-white flowers followed by red, white or black berries
'Eva' is a deciduous shrub to 3m with very deeply dissected purplish-black foliage from spring to autumn, giving a distinctive lacy effect. Flat umbels of tiny pinkish flowers are borne abundantly in summer and have the characteristic grape scent of elder flowers. Purple-black berries may follow
Toxicity All parts may cause discomfort if ingested although the berries can be edible if cooked
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect North-facing or East-facing or South-facing or West-facing
Exposure Sheltered or Exposed
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Easy to grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soils in full sun or part shade, and also thrives on extremely chalky sites. Best leaf colour in full sun. Fruit and flowers may be used for flavouring and cooking
Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or hardwood cuttings in winter
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds Hedging & Screens
City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Wildlife Gardens
Pruning Pruning group 1. Will tolerate hard pruning to restrict the size; can be maintained as small shrub if desired
Pests Aphids (blackfly) may infest young shoots and foliage
May be subject to verticillium wilt
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