Plant Family / Sambucus - Elder
Easy to grow, Sambucus (Elder) can be herbaceous perennials, deciduous shrubs or small trees. They are prized for their lacy foliage of bright green, golden-yellow or dark purple leaves. In early summer, clusters of lemon-scented, tiny creamy-white flowers add beauty ot the shrub, before being followed by red, white or black berries.
Sambucus canadensis (American Elder) is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub of loose open habit with arching, spreading branches, clothed in a lush foliage of sharply serrated, bright green leaves composed of 7 leaflets. In early to mid summer, a profusion of lemon-scented white flowers appear in large flat clusters.
Noted for its dramatic foliage, award-winning Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace' (Elderberry) is a large, upright, deciduous shrub adorned with a striking lacy foliage of deeply dissected, purple black leaves from spring to fall. In early summer, a profusion of lemon-scented umbels packed with creamy pink flowers are on display.
Brightening the garden, Sambucus nigra 'Instant Karma' (Elderberry) is a deciduous shrub clothed in a lush, lacy foliage of variegated leaves from spring to fall. The blue-green leaves are adorned with a neat leaf margin that starts out gold in spring and changes to creamy white as the season progresses.
Noted for its golden foliage, Sambucus racemosa 'Sutherland Gold' (Elderberry) is a compact, deciduous shrub adorned with a luminous lacy foliage of deeply dissected leaves. Emerging copper-red in spring, the foliage turns an attractive gold chartreuse and forms a dense, softly textured focal point in the landscape.
Noted for its golden foliage, Sambucus racemosa Lemony Lace (Elderberry) is a compact, deciduous shrub adorned with a luminous lacy foliage of deeply dissected leaves. Emerging bright yellow with red edges in spring, the foliage turns an attractive chartreuse and forms a dense, irregular mound of extremely fine texture.