Purple Foliage and a Lemon Fragrance The Black Beauty Elderberry is an exquisite and unconventional ornamental shrub. Plant a few of them as a unique hedge or allow a few to naturalize in a low spot of your yard. Even a single plant would look remarkable as a backdrop for more conventional plantings. When you first see this shrub you’ll be astonished by its exotic foliage. Long, lance-shaped leaves range from deep-purple to black, and even the young stems are purple as well. As if that wasn’t enough, clusters of pink blossoms will spring forth as summer approaches, emitting a delightful lemon scent to further tantalize your senses. Butterflies will flock to your garden drawn by your flower’s scent and sweet nectar. As summer begins to wane, clusters of purple fruit will be ready for you to harvest. High in antioxidants, vitamins and other nutritional value, Elderberries have been prized for generations for their varied uses. Of course, if you prefer to not make use of the Elderberry’s remarkable fruit, your feathered friends will certainly make use of them for you. Pies, preserves and wine are just a few of the delicious uses for your Elderberry’s bounty. The plant also has traditionally been used for other purposes as well. Many parts are used medicinally and dyes are made from its bark and leaves. Even the wood itself cuts and polishes easily. The flowers are also made into wine or served in other dishes The Black Beauty Elderberry grows to 12 feet with an equal spread. However, if you prefer a shorter plant, it will readily adapt to pruning. There’s sure to be space somewhere in your yard for this unique, one-of-a-kind ornamental. *Pink Flowers have Lemon Fragrance*Purple Foliage*Loves Moist or Wet Soil.
Lacy gold and green leaves all summer Some plants stop you right in your tracks. Elderberry is one of those plants. In our gardens people are always stopping and asking what it is. The sheer intensity of the gold and chartreuse green leaves is really hard to explain and almost impossible to capture in a picture. Lemon Lace Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa ‘SMNSRD4’ PPAF) is a grand and spectacular sambucus. The lacy and deeply cut leaves will keep their bright color straight through summer’s heat. New leaves open with a slight red tinge, too, which just adds to the appeal. (Speaking of appeal, they even produce deep red berries in autumn which are like catnip to songbirds.) Lemon Lace makes a gorgeous, no-fuss addition to any foundation, hedge, or border planting. Combine it with burgundy plants, like Tiny Wine Ninebark, and you’ve got a traffic-stopping showpiece in your garden. Lemon Lace is a tough plant, too. It is very cold hardy and wind resistant, and deer won’t touch it. It thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, especially in the North. It does great in partial shade in the South. This plant is reliable and easy. It is hardy in a wide range of temperatures, adapts to many different soils, and is able to come back from even severe pruning with ease. You want Lemon Lace in your zone 3-7 garden. Trust us. You won’t be disappointed! * Tough plant* Gorgeous chartreuse foliage all summer* Widely adaptable.