Black lace in a fritter

This year the black foliage cultivar of the “Elderberry”; Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’ has blossomed; magnificently and with exuberance. It has the scent of the white flowered hedgerow “Elderberry” but the leaves are finely divided and of a deep black colour. A vigorous deciduous woody member of the family Adoxaceae. Should you decide to grow this hollow stemmed shrub then be sure to allow plenty of space. It will become a very large plant in the border restricting light to more delicate plantings that surround it.

The panicles of flowers are a deep violet shade. Cut and dipped in batter and fried at a high temperature these make an unusual addition to the traditional Scottish cooked breakfast, complimenting the fried egg, black pudding, tattie scone and Lorne sausage.

Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace'. photo by Tony Garn

Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’

Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace'. Photo by Tony Garn

Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’

Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace'. Photo by Tony Garn

Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’

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  1. I have 3 of these that I definitely did not give enough room too. I’m incredibly intrigued on how you have shaped this by the trimming at the bottom allowing for more of a singular clump appearance. Can you tell me more how you accomplished that. Would love to try it on a new planting.

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