Very finely cut, almost black foliage, which is the perfect foil to the pink-flushed blooms. Red-black elderberries follow the flowers in mid-late summer. In autumn, its leaves turn a rich red.
Height and spread: 6m x 6m
Prune hard in early winter or early spring. Can be cut down to ground level each year if you want to keep it as a small shrub.
Like its cousin, the common elder, the flowers and fruits can be cooked and used in drinks.
Common name(s): Black Elder
Picture courtesy of The Hardy Plant Society