Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla ‘Black Tower’
Elder ‘Black Tower’, Black elder ‘Black Tower’, Elderberry ‘Black Tower’, European elder ‘Black Tower’, Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla ‘Eiffel 1’
Variety or Cultivar
‘Black Tower’ _ ‘Black Tower’ is an upright, columnar deciduous shrub with dark stems, green when young, bearing pinnate, toothed, purple-black leaves and flattened panicles of fragrant, pink flowers in early summer followed by round, glossy, dark purple to black fruit in autumn.
Flowers are fragrant.
Any part of the plant may cause discomfort if ingested. However, the berries may be consumed when cooked.
Pink in Summer
Dark-purple, Black in Spring; Dark-purple, Black in Summer; Dark-purple, Black in Autumn
HOW TO CARE
Watch out for
Black-fly , Glasshouse red spider mite
Pruning group 1. Group 7 if grown for foliage only. Will tolerate hard pruning to keep size in check.
Hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings
WHERE TO GROW
Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla ‘Black Tower’ (Elder ‘Black Tower’) will reach a height of 2.4m and a spread of 1.2m after 10-20 years.
Beds and borders, Coastal, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Wildlife, Woodland
Will tolerate most soils and aspects; ideally, grow in a moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Will tolerate partial shade but will have best foliage colour in full sun. Suitable for use as a hedge.
Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
Moist but well-drained, Well-drained
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Partial Shade, Full Sun
North, South, East, West