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Sambucus nigraf.porphyrophyllaBlack Tower Eiffel 1


Upright form with large dark leaves

This plant produces a tower of dramatic deepest burgundy black leaves in spring that bring a tropical air to a border. Ideal as a focal point or to give height in a small garden. Flat heads of deep pink flowers zing against the dark leaf colour in May.


Sun or shade is not a problem for this easy going shrub but it is happiest in damp or wet soil and produces the darkest leaves in full sun.


Water in dry weather until established. Prune back to ground level in early spring to ensure a new flush of spectacular growth every year.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 200 cm - 240 cm
Plant width 95 cm - 120 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 75 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Coastal or drought resistant, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September