Black Tower Elderberry Sambucus

Black Tower Elderberry

Sambucus nigra 'Effel1' PP23633

Two-toned pink flowers bloom in summer followed by purple berries in the fall. New foliage is celery green maturing to a dark purple-black. A tall upright variety quickly reaching 6 to 8 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. Great for narrow spaces.

Sun to Partial Shade
6-8 ft
3-4 ft
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Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

For new plantings
1. Dig a hole one and a half times wider than the plant's container
2. Place plant in hole, keeping the top of the root ball ground level
3. Back fill with dirt
4. Water thoroughly and then mulch around the base to conserve moisture and reduce weeds
New plantings require more frequent watering than established plants. Wind, temperature and soil are factors to consider in watering.
Feed plants in early spring and again in early fall with an all-purpose fertilizer, following label instructions.

Care Instructions
Elderberry plants thrive in moist, well-draining soil and full sun to partial shade. When planting, make sure to space them 6-8 feet apart. Regular pruning during the dormant season is recommended to remove diseased or damaged branches and to promote new growth. Water deeply, especially during droughts or excessive heat waves. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer in early spring and mid-summer. Protect the plant from pests by monitoring and using organic or chemical insecticides when necessary. Harvest the ripe berries in late summer, then freeze or cook to use in various culinary and medicinal purposes.

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