*Woody - Black Lace Elderberry (Sambucus nigra 'Eva' Black Lace)

PLANTS OF THE WEEK

This is definitely not your grandmother's elderberry as the dramatic contrast of purple-black, finely-cut foliage combined by mid-spring with cream pink, lemon-scented flowers is spectacular.  Deep purple fruits will then provide the juice for elderberry wine, jam and as one BYGLer long ago did with his grandmother's elderberries - cookies.  Small to medium-sized shrub or trained for small tree, this Sambucus is winter hardy for Ohio, adaptable to most soils, and wildlife-friendly.  This elderberry should be planted in full sun for best flower and fruit show, and to amplify the ornamental appeal of its foliage, flowers, and fruits in combination.  Relatively new on the scene, Black Lace was the 2006 Best New Plant at the NMPro ANLA New Plant Pavilion.