Black Lace® Elderberry

This cutleaf elderberry has the color and texture of Japanese maple, but is much more adaptable. The pink flowers will produce black fruit in fall that can be used for jams or wine, or left for songbirds to enjoy. This durable plant can be used as a specimen in mixed borders or rain gardens. If cut back in early spring it can be used like a perennial for foliage interest (flowers appear on old wood.) This adaptable plant will tolerate clay soils, black walnut, and occasional dry conditions. It is deer-resistant.

Additional information

Dimensions6 × 6 ft
Botanical Name

Sambucus nigra 'Eva' PP#15,575, CBR#2633


4, 5, 6, 7

Flower Color


Foliage Color

Black, Purple






Full Sun, Part Shade


Moist, Wet

Bloom Time

Early Summer


Edging, Foundations, Woodland gardens


Alkaline soil, Award winner, Clay soil, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Edible, Foliage interest

Plant Care

Although adaptable to partial shade, it will have better foliage color in Full Sun: the black coloration is due to Full Sun and cooler temperatures. Plants will not get dark black in southern climates. Prune to shape after flowering. Cutting to the ground in late winter will rejuvenate the plant, but will compromise flowering that year.