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Products > Sambucus nigra Black Tower ['Eiffel 1'] PP23,633
Sambucus nigra Black Tower ['Eiffel 1'] PP23,633 - Black Tower Black Elder

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Adoxaceae
Origin: Mediterranean (Europe)
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Pink & White
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 6-8 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Sambucus nigra Black Tower ['Eiffel 1'] PP23,633 (Black Elder) An attractive and hardy upright growing well branched deciduous shrub with columnar form to 6 to 8 feet tall by 3 to 4 feet wide with dark stems holding large serrated leaves that emerge a celery-green color and then age to near jet black with both color prominently displayed when in active growth and in summer appear the flat topped dark pink and white small flowers that are replaced with large dark black berries in the fall. Plant in full coastal sun to light/ part shade in a well-drained and irrigate occasionally to regularly. This is an attractive and interesting shrub for the back of the border or as a specimen plant in the ground or large pot. Berries are attractive to by birds. A light trim after flowering with help keep the plant dense and attractive and then cut back hard to 1 to 2 feet in late winter. Though we are not sure that this plant is entirely suitable to our mediterranean climate and may need more irrigation than we like to give our garden plants, we are trialing this plant at the nursery for Ball Horticulture to see how it will perform for us. This plant was selected in 2000 from a controlled breeding program conducted by Kennith Richard Tobutt in West Mailing, Kent, England that started in 1990 by crossing crossing Sambucus 'Pyramidalis' and 'Guincho Purple' with two of the selected seedlings crossed again. Further trails were conducted on the plant and it received US Plant Patent PP23,633 in May 2013.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Sambucus nigra ['Eiffel 1'] PP23,633.