Sambucus nigra 'Eiffel1' BLACK TOWER

Sambucus nigra 'Eiffel1'
Sambucus nigra 'Eiffel1' BLACK TOWER
European elder
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1.5-3m
USUAL WIDTH 0.2-1.3m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES burgundy red
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS kombinovaná:white a pink
BLOOMING TIME May - June
LOCATION full sun to shade
USDA zone (lowest)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Aren’t the breeders krafty, I often say to myself. Take European elder, for instance. This omnipresent shrub grows anywhere, without any maintenance and the more you prune it the thicker it gets. Well, what a promising start for cultivation, someone said. And here we are! So forget about the common weed of our countryside and dive in the world of SAMBUCUS, the world of colours, shapes and sizes that, with 10 different varieties, could well do for one complete garden.

BLACK TOWER is another child from the nursery breeding programme of popular Black Beauty and Black Lace®. It was awarded a prize for best new ornamental plant in England in 2010. It is a variety of European elder with deep burgundy black, deciduous leaves and strictly upright habit which is ideal for less spacious areas as opposed to common elder. The foliage colour is truly striking but not only its leaves make this shrub so special – in late spring flattened panicles of pinkish-white flowers appear and look exquisite on the deep purple-black background. They are followed by edible berries in late summer.

Elder tolerates wide ranges of soil and will be happy of almost any location. This variety grows quite neat and keeps its shape even without pruning but you can always gain a denser plant by early spring pruning. You can cut back anything from 1/3 to 2/3 of previous year’s growth but after hard pruning it will flower less. Fully hardy to about -30°C (USDA zone 5), possibly more. It is suitable for growing in containers and outdoor pots all year round.

Last update 02-01-2012
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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