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15 - 20cm Sambucus nigra 'Black Tower' | 9cm Pot

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Plum coloured foliage adorning a beautiful columnar plant

A relatively new variety, Sambucus nigra 'Black Tower' will accentuate your landscape with its columnar shape and deep plum foliage. The upright habit of this plant will add beautiful structure to your garden, whether big or small, while the deeply lobed, plum-coloured leaves will keep it colourful throughout the year! Come summer, sprays of pure white flowers will emerge, creating a beautiful contrast of light and dark. Whether planted as a single specimen focal point or amongst a variety of shrubs, this Sambucus will certainly make an invaluable foliage plant.

  • Plant Information
  • Supplied As 9cm pot
  • Height on Arrival Your rose's height depends on the variety it belongs to and when it's purchased. Some roses are pruned to 15cm high when dormant; this ensures that it won't get uprooted in the wind, and is less vulnerable to disease. 15 - 20cm
  • Eventual Height and Spread Your plant's eventual size can depend on both environmental and genetic conditions. 250cm (8.2ft) x 120cm (4ft)
  • Flowers? Yes, sprays of white flowers in summer

Your shrub will be sent directly from our trusted grower, based in the heart of England. This means that you'll receive a nursery fresh plant which was on the growing table one day, and at your door the following. Our expert nursery has spent decades perfecting the art of watering, feeding, and pruning shrubs, and will do so until hours before they are packed.

All of our shrubs are very easy to grow (unless specified). Below, we address some common queries surrounding your shrub's care:

  • Position: Most shrubs tolerate full sun or partial shade. We advise that you apply mulch when planting, as this will help retain moisture in the soil.
  • Soil Types: It is important to avoid waterlogged soils, which will starve a plant's roots of oxygen, risking plant death.
  • Hardiness: This species (Pittosporum tenuifolium) will remain hardy throughout most parts of the UK.

The key is to regularly water newly-planted plants, at least bimonthly for two months. It is also important to ensure adequate spacing between bushes, which is determined by a rose's eventual height and spread.

Bare root and containerised plants have differing planting requirements. With bare root, it is important to soak the roots in water for up to two hours before planting, and with containerised plants, you should drench their rootball. For bare root plants, it is also beneficial to prune any woody roots back a few inches, and if you have a containerised plant, you should free any spiralized roots that are growing around the rootball's circumference. When planting, bare root plants need a graft point that is above the soil, but for containerised plants, it is better to have their pot sitting no less than an inch below the ground.

Bare root and containerised plants also share some of their planting needs; dig a hole twice the radius of the rootball, and fill the hole with a mix of compost and garden soil. After this, add fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. After providing a generous watering, you can finish with a later of mulch, but keep it from touching your plant's stems.

Apply fertiliser and replace decomposed mulch come spring. Collect fallen leaves in autumn.

More Information
Deciduous Or Evergreen Deciduous
Common Name Elderberry
Flower Colour Pink
Flowering Month June, July, August
Is Collection/Mix? No
Needs Ericaceous Compost? No
Type Sambucus
Eventual Height 2m-4m
Eventual Spread 1m-2m
Foliage Colour Black, Green
Supplied As 9cm Pot
Supplied As 9cm Pot
Type Ornamental Shrubs
Latin Name Sambucus
Shop By Category Ornamental Shrubs