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Elderberry Black Tower

Pink Elderberry Black Tower, Sambucus racemosa, Elderberry

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This stunning, purple shrub creates multi-seasonal interest with beautiful, purple blooms and green foliage. Elderberry Black Tower is deer resistant and will thrive in full sun to partial shade. PPAF (Sambucus racemosa)

Zones 4 - 9
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 72-96" tall (6-8' tall) Cut back after flowering to keep more compact., 36-48" wide (3-4' wide)
Bloom Time Blooms early to late summer, followed by berries in fall.
Size Plant - 4" pot

Plant Information

Bring bright, bold color and multi-seasonal interest to your garden with the Elderberry Black Tower.

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 an incredible new hybrid of their species, named Black Lace. This is a spectacular 8 ft. plant with dark maroon foliage, which you might confuse 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! Be the first in the neighborhood to have one. (By the way, the birds love the berries that follow the bloom.)

Common Name Elderberry
Botanical Name Sambucus racemosa
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 72-96" tall (6-8' tall) Cut back after flowering to keep more compact.
Estimated Mature Spread 36-48" wide (3-4' wide)
Bloom Time Blooms early to late summer, followed by berries in fall.
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Purple
Foliage Deep 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 begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

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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American MeadowsElderberry Black Tower

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I love my Black Tower


from nampa idaho

About Me Professional Landscaper


  • Attractive
  • Healthy


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      Comments about American Meadows Elderberry Black Tower:

      It took a few years to get growing quick, but my beautiful elderberry is 8'+ tall and 3' wide. She is a great bloomer, with lots of berries (the animals get them before me).

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


      Maybe Next Year


      from Springfield, VA


      • It Didn't Die


      • It Didn't Bloom
      • It Did Not Bloom

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      • I have no idea

      Comments about American Meadows Elderberry Black Tower:

      I chose American Meadows because I thought I would get a premium product. Not so much. This thing says it will grow to some insane height and width and filled with these beautiful small flowers. I got a 7" green thing that at the very least did not die but is completely underwhelming. I have no idea what will happen next year or in the coming years but if they don't bloom the first couple of years, it would have been nice to know up front.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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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.
      • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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