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SAMBUCUS nigra 'Madonna'
Black Elder


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:: Caprifoliaceae :: SAMBUCUS :: nigra :: 'Madonna'
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Main asset

 Honey plant, very vigorous, illuminating free or countryside hedges.


Prune shortly in late winter to encourage the colorful new shoots.

This variety of Elderberry has the general characteristics of the species: vigorous, light gray wood, large pinnate leaves about 25 cm long and wide, with 5-7 leaflets. Flowering in large flat umbels is creamy white, and occurs in June. The flowers are bee-liked, and followed by black berries mature in summer. 

'Madonna' has largely edged bright yellow leaves.


  • Uses: Hedgerows, bank of pond.

Global caracteristics:

  • Type of foliage: deciduous
  • Habit: bushy
  • Height: 2 m x 1.50 m (6.5 ft x 5 ft - pruned)
  • Growth: fast
  • Flowering period: June
  • Époque de fructification : August - September

Shape and colours:

  • Couleur du bois : light gray
  • Foliage shape: pinnate
  • Foliage colour: variegated
  • Foliage colour in autumn: yellow
  • Flowers shape: Umbels
  • Flowers colour: cream white
  • Forme des fruits : berries
  • Couleur des fruits : black
  • Parfum : yes


  • Soil type: Clay or staying humid in summer
  • Exposure: sun, part-shade
  • Hardiness: - 25 °C (-13 °F - USDA zone 5b)