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Sambucus nigra - 'Variegata' (Variegated Elder)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Deciduous, Flowering
Form Rounded Multi-Stemmed Bush
Size Large Border / Screening Plant (1.8 to 3m height)
Colours White Flowers (Summer early), Variegated green-gold Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Sambucus nigra - Cultivation Notes

Sambucus will survive in all but the poorest soils, whether chalk, clay or sand. The golden or variegated forms will prefer a sheltered position in full sun where foliage will remain all the more golden. May become leggy with age and many prefer to cut back in late winter to encourage compact growth. Mulch with compost every fee years to feed.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Sambucus nigra:

  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Design & Plant Use for Sambucus nigra:

  • Tall summer flowering shrub suitable for back of border planting
  • Ideal flowering shrub for problem clay soils

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Common Missspellings: Sambucas, Sambucis, Sambuckas, Sambuckes

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