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Sambucus nigra 'Guincho purple'

 
Sambucus nigra 'Guincho purple'
black elder; European elderberry
Close-up, the individual flowers show off their pink anthers, and look rather voluptuous

Common name black elder; European elderberry
Family adoxaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z5-8)
Flowers white (May-June)
Size 8' (4' in our garden, so far)
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes appreciates moist soil

Has graced our side garden's shrub border for some years now, and continues to claim more space. Its purple leaves are attractive throughout the growing season, although the purple gradually makes way for mid green as the summer progresses. The shrub's overall habit is pleasant if you can work with its inclination to throw branches out horizontally. Flowers, while not as showy as those of some flowering shrubs, certainly add to the charm.

Sambucus nigra 'Guincho purple'
Berries in early August, still undergoing their color change from red to black.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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