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Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla ‘Thundercloud’

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

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A handsome garden shrub, Sambucus nigra 'Thundercloud' has dark, chocolate-purple leaves which colour up best in a sunny position and large clusters of rich pinkish-white flowers in summer.

A choice, colourful and vigorous border shrub which can be pruned hard if required.

Supplied Size: 3L container (30 - 50 cm tall)

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Sambucus nigra  f. porphyrophylla ‘Thundercloud’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Sambucus nigra  f. porphyrophylla ‘Thundercloud’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Sambucus nigra  f. porphyrophylla ‘Thundercloud’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres
£9.50

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
Soil: Any fertile soil.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Flowering Period: June.
Flower Colour: Pale pink
Rate of Growth: Moderate to vigorous.
Habit: Large branching shrub with an upright, rounded habit.
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 2.5 m (8 ft)

Notes: Sambucus nigra 'Thundercloud' can be pruned back hard in the winter if required.

Plant Finder: about Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla ‘Thundercloud’

Common names

Black Elder 'Thundercloud', Bourtree 'Thundercloud'

Description

Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla ‘Thundercloud’ (Black Elder 'Thundercloud'). This elder has brown-purple, finely-divided, palmate leaves and red buds which open into flattened flowerheads of fragrant, reddish-pink to white flowers in early summer. These are followed by round, glossy, dark purple fruit in early autumn.

Cultivation

Tolerant of hard pruning in the winter, if needed. Plant in a sunny position for best foliage colour.

Interest and use

Grown for its foliage and flowers.

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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Sambucus nigra  f. porphyrophylla ‘Thundercloud’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017
  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Moist

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