Elderberry Thundercloud

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Bring true drama to the garden with this large shrub, growing to be 8-10' tall! Chocolate-purple foliage brings forth beautiful red buds, opening up to pink blooms in the late spring. Perfect for adding privacy or building a "garden room!" (Sambucus nigra)

Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Birds
Attract Birds
Hedge / Screen
Hedge / Screen
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 96-120" tall (8-10'), 96-120" wide (8-10')
Bloom Time Early to late summer
SKU 2SAMBG

Plant Information

This one grows to a towering 8 or 10 feet with head-turning foliage that most people describe as chocolate purple. The buds are red, and the flowers pink.

The Elderberries, Sambucus spp., have always been giant, white-flowering natives with blooms much like Queen Anne's Lace. There is one main species in North America, and another in Europe, both very tall plants. As often happens, the Europeans have made something very special from something very common, with incredible new hybrids of their species. These are spectacular tall plants with dark foliage. You might confuse them with a very finely-cut Japanese maple. But then, once you see the stunning pink flowers, you'd know this is something else again! This new plant will create a big exotic show in your yard! They love moisture, but will adapt to drier areas. Be the first in the neighborhood to have one. (By the way, the birds love the berries that follow the bloom.)

Associated SKUs
2SAMBG
2SSAMB (Plant - 3" pot) - Out of stock.
Common Name Elderberry
Botanical Name Sambucus nigra
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 96-120" tall (8-10')
Estimated Mature Spread 96-120" wide (8-10')
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Purple
Foliage Chocolate purple foliage
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Clay Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Birds, Hedge / Screen
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Shipping

Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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Pros

  • Pretty When It Was Alive

Cons

  • Died Cared For Well

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    I'd love to have had the plant grow, it looked good. Is there a chance for a refund?

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    USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

    To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

    • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
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