Common Name: black elder
Type: Deciduous shrub
Zone: 5 to 7
Height: 0.50 to 0.75 feet
Spread: 0.50 to 0.75 feet
Bloom Time: Rarely flowers
Bloom Description: Non-flowering
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium to wet
Suggested Use: Rain Garden
Grow in average, medium to wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist soils in full sun.
This black or European elderberry cultivar is a dwarf which only reaches 8" in height. Although the species is a large shrub or small tree which produces yellowish-white flowers followed by shiny, purplish-black, edible (though not particularly palatable) fruit, this cultivar is basically a non-flowering dwarf. Features compound, pinnate, dark green leaves which are unpleasantly aromatic when bruised. Semi-evergreen in warm winter areas.
Some susceptibility to powdery mildew, leaf spot, spider mites and aphids.
An interesting plant for the rock garden or massed as a ground cover for small areas.