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Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla ‘Thundercloud’

Black Elder 'Thundercloud'

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsMay & September
  • Height2m to 3m
  • Spread2.5m
  • Speed of GrowthFast
  • Growth HabitUpright oval
  • Flower ColourReddish pink, white
  • Leaf ColourDark brown-purple
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

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.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Shrub

Other common names

Bourtree 'Thundercloud'

Origin

Africa, Australia, N & C America

Interest and use

Grown for its foliage and flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Moist

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Softwood cuttings in summer, by seed in autumn or by hardwood cuttings in winter, and specific cultivars by cuttings only. You can also take soft pith or hollow stems cuttings with wax.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Blackfly, glasshouse red spider mite and verticillium wilt.

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