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1 Gal. Black Lace Elderberry (Sambucus) Live Shrub, Pink Flowers

  • Now shipping dormant
  • Partial to full sun, zones: 4-7, grows 6-8 ft. tall and wide
  • Produces berries; attracts birds; resist deer
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Product Overview

Mature Dimensions
Hardiness Zone | Zone 6-9
Full Sun | 6 hours or more of sun
Moderate | Water Needs
Bloom Season | Spring to Fall
Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant
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Black Lace Elderberry from Proven Winners has purple-black foliage and is durable and adaptable. Its creamy pink flowers contrast nicely with the dark leaves and blackish red fall berries that attract birds and other wildlife. For berry production you must purchase a pollinator plant, like Instant Karma Elderberry. Leaves, bark, roots and buds can be toxic to pets.
  • 6-8 ft. tall and wide at maturity
  • Partial to full sun (4+ hours) required
  • Hardy in zones 4-7, be sure to check your USDA zone to ensure success
  • 1 Gal. shrubs are 6-14 in. tall and about 1-year old at shipment, varies by season and plant
  • Shrubs shipped from November through April will arrive dormant; shrubs shipped April through October will arrive green or in bloom
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Name2 Gal. Red Diamond Loropetalum Shrub with Burgundy Foliage and Bright Red Blooms1 Gal. Black Lace Elderberry (Sambucus) Live Shrub, Pink Flowers5 Gal. White Wedding Hydrangea Shrub with Pillow-Like White Blooms
Sun TolerancePart SunFull SunFull Sun
Mature Height (in.)72 in.72 in.72 in.
Additional CharacteristicsLow MaintenanceDeer ResistantLow Maintenance
Hardiness Zone10 (30 to 40 F),7 (0 to 10 F),8 (10 to 20 F),9 (20 to 30 F)4 (-30 to -20 F),5 (-20 to -10 F),6 (-10 to 0 F),7 (0 to 10 F)3 (-40 to -30 F),4 (-30 to -20 F),5 (-20 to -10 F),6 (-10 to 0 F),7 (0 to 10 F),8 (10 to 20 F),9 (20 to 30 F)
Common NameChinese Fringe FlowerElderberryHydrangea
Evergreen or DeciduousEvergreenDeciduousDeciduous
Water RequirementsWhen soil is dryTwice a weekWhen soil is dry
Mature Width (in.)72 in.72 in.60 in.
Best Time to PlantYear RoundSpringSpring to Fall
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Mature Height (in.)
72 in.
Mature Width (in.)
72 in.


Additional Characteristics
Deer Resistant
Annual / Perennial
Average Shipping Height (in.)
8 in
Best Time to Plant
Blossom Color
Botanical Name
Sambucus nigra
Common Name
Evergreen or Deciduous
Growth Habit
Hardiness Zone
4 (-30 to -20 F),5 (-20 to -10 F),6 (-10 to 0 F),7 (0 to 10 F)
Number of plants included (Pack-Size)
Optimal Soil Condition
Recommended Space Between Plantings (in.)
Shipped As
Sun Tolerance
Full Sun
Water Requirements
Twice a week
Wildlife Attracted
Wildlife Deterred

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Customer Reviews

  • 4.4
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  • 94% recommend this product
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When I received the plant and opened the box, it looked pretty pathetic. I didn't have much hope ...
When I received the plant and opened the box, it looked pretty pathetic. I didn't have much hope for it. It was drooping and had 1 or 2 broken bits. I watered it immediately. It's now planted and started putting on new growth. I'll reccomend it if you have the patience and motives to rehab plants.
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Arrived w/leaf wilt & hasn't recovered
I had high hopes for this plant, and when it arrived looking wilted, I attributed it to the stress of transit. However, after adequate watering in it's original pot, and then transplanting it a few days ago to a bigger pot with good drainage, the wilt is actually progressing to worse with more leaves now affected. It has been a week since arrival, and it hasn't mattered whether the plant was in sun or shade. After researching online, there is a tendency for this plant to get cane borers, which causes pronounced leaf wilt and eventual plant death. I'm returning it today, partly because I don't want to go through the disgust of opening a cane to find nasty boring caterpillars, but also because I don't want to risk owning an expensive plant that is prone to be infested (direct from the nursery). Two stars because I've had good success with other Proven Winners, just not this one.
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    This shrub came perfectly packaged, the best I’ve ever seen....
    This shrub came perfectly packaged, the best I’ve ever seen. The shrub was held securely in place, no broken branches, or damage at all. The plant was very vigorous and healthy and I was completely satisfied. Now I just hope the local bunnies don’t find it delicious once I put it in the ground! Now I look for plants with the Proven Winner label!
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    Beautiful plant!
    I had this delivered to my home and I was really impressed with the packaging job to ensure safe shipping, first off. The plant arrived in beautiful shape. I love this plant because of its deep black foliage and clusters of medium pink flowers. It's a really unique shrub. I actually have one in my yard I bought a few years ago and it has held up really well considering we usually have mild weather, but had a drought last year with uncommonly high temps. It's a really nice looking plant.
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    Arrived looking healthy.
    Arrived April 21st before flowering. Leans a bit to one side, and if I'd picked it out at a nursery myself would have chosen one more symmetrical, but otherwise quite healthy looking. Came leafed out fairly well with no bug chews or rot, no bad odors. No mildew. Definitely not dormant. It was sent potted in dry soil in a gallon container. No more than 1/4 cup of loose soil had spilled into packing box. Not bad for this size container. Brand new leafs are bright green and get darker with age. Stems also start out green. The trunk and lowest branches are brown. I took pics the day it arrived. I think it will be a good size for closer to the house as ad states it will grow to about 8 ft. The leaves are long and thin so should decompose readily after the fall. Should make a nice addition to my berry garden. I think these are expensive but perhaps shipping is factored in to price.
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    Beautiful Plant
    This plant was shipped and arrived in the last week of February amid snowstorms at its nursery in Michigan and here in Texas. Despite warnings that it was dormant not dead, this plant was already sprouting leaves. 2 1/2 weeks later , it was already a thriving little gem. I like to plant a little early here in Texas to give the plants a chance to establish before the heat hits. Proven winners ships the plants in great packaging that seems developed just for the purpose, and the plant arrived in great shape. My previous experience with Proven Winner plants has always been positive, and I expect this one will perform just like the others have in the past.
    Response from Proven WinnersApr 14, 2015
    Hello DallasGardener,
    It is always great to hear good reports like this! I like the idea of your early planting for a good foundation. Your my kind of gardener! Be sure to use a slow release fertilizer for trees and shrubs and your Black Lace Sambucus will be just stunning in your garden this year. Thanks again DallasGardener!
    Happy Gardening,
    Vicki - Proven Winners Direct
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    Black Lace Elderberry Shrub - love them! Just an FYI...when...
    Black Lace Elderberry Shrub - love them! Just an FYI...when they are delivered they are a small version of what one might expect. However, they did arrive in excellent condition - leaves only no blooms.
        the plant has green leaves not purple...
        the plant has green leaves not purple
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