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Sambucus nigra Black Tower Tree

Black Elder Shrubs
  • From £64.99 (ex VAT)
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The foliage of Sambucus nigra Black Tower opens green and turns a lovely dark purple when exposed to sun. Large sprays of tiny pale pink flowers with prominent bright pink anthers appear in early Summer. They produce a light scent and are followed by dark, almost black, ornamental berries.

Black Tower is a slender shrub that reaches approximately 3 metres high with a spread of 2 metres at maturity. The proportions and rich colour make it an excellent choice for either providing contrast within a garden border or planted by itself. It can be pruned back to keep it smaller if desired.

AKA Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla Black Tower 'Eiffel 1', Elder Black Tower

  • Common name: Elder Black Tower Shrub
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 3 x 2 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Summer, Autumn
  • Foliage: Dark purple when exposed to plenty of sun
  • Position: Full sun or partial shade, sheltered or exposed
  • Soil: Any type if well-drained or moist but well-drained

Planting Advice for Sambucus Shrubs

When planting Sambucus, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown acer trees can be planted at any time of the year. You will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site.

Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your plant establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil.

Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems.

Aftercare Advice for Sambucus Shrubs

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young shrub and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. If there is snow fall, gently brush the snow from the branches to ensure it does not weigh down the framework and cause damage. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously.

Pruning Advice for Sambucus Shrubs

Sambucus shrubs can cope with hard pruning, useful for keeping the bush small or encouraging fresh foliage.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet to kerbside (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode not quantity. Starts from £48 + vat.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process. Please note, we are unable to deliver outside of Mainland UK.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 3 weeks of placing the order, unless stated otherwise. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

For pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height), we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers about the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is on the product/basket page. Orders are despatched once all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

To collect trees, please book an appointment. Delivery charges will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Sambucus nigra Black Tower Form: Bush Supplied Size: 80-100cm Root type: 10L pot Sambucus nigra Black Tower Price £64.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 80-100cm 10L pot £64.99 (ex VAT)
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Sambucus nigra Black Tower Form: Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth Supplied Size: approx 4.5-6.0m Root type: 45L pot Sambucus nigra Black Tower Price £259.99 (ex VAT)
Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth approx 4.5-6.0m 45L pot £259.99 (ex VAT)
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Sambucus nigra Black Tower Form: Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 16-18cm girth Supplied Size: approx 4.5-6.0m Root type: 55L pot Sambucus nigra Black Tower Price £279.99 (ex VAT)
Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 16-18cm girth approx 4.5-6.0m 55L pot £279.99 (ex VAT)
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