This highly cultivated form of the familiar Black Elder is primarily a foliage plant whose deeply cut, purple-black leaves present themselves in graceful, fern-like fans. Plants are broadly arching and reach 6–8′ in height, perhaps 5′ wide, and make superb specimens for many situations. Large pink flowers in June lead, in due course, to black berries (we've not eaten them, but the birds do). Because plants are hardy through all of Zone 5, and into 4, they provide a very welcome alternative to Japanese Maples where exquisite foliage is needed but harsh temperatures prevail. For best shape and foliage, prune hard in early spring and provide even moisture. A remarkably beautiful plant that cleaned up the prizes at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2003. A Proven Winners®/Color Choice® variety. 'Eva' PP 15,575
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HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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Gene of the not so green thumb from Watertown , Ct.
We bought two of these 2 years ago and came back and bought 2 more last weekend. They are fantastic. Flowers are quite pretty and I love the feathery red/black leaves.
Bonnie from Louisville, Ky
I love this plant, it is unusual, one of a kind. The leaves are beautiful. Mine is planted in full sun, and survives well in heat and drought. It has proven to be a no maintenance plant. I have it planted right outside my front livingroom window so I do get to enjoy its beauty.
A viewer from Katonah, NY
I ordered two of these in the fall and they arrived in excellent condition. Both were stripped of most of their leaves by deer shortly after they went into the ground and they looked rather forlorn. Now that it's spring, both bushes have made a full recovery and have a nice full head of hair, so to speak. Blood meal seems to have been helpful in warding off the deer.
Elders are a diverse group, primarily comprising hardy deciduous trees and shrubs, along with a few herbaceous members. They come from North America, Asia, and Europe and are known for their large heads of white or cream-colored flowers. These are followed by red, purple-black, or blue fruits, which are enjoyed by birds. The leaves are pinnate and the more ornamental varieties have elegantly cut leaflets or variegated or colored foliage.
In general, Elders are trouble-free plants, happy in full or part sun and ordinary soil, needing only a late-winter pruning to maintain their size and shape.