Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla “Guincho Purple” – Black Elder

Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla “Guincho Purple”, well that certainly trips off the tongue doesn’t it?!  Actually that was what I thought this cultivar was until a VNIP planted a seed of doubt in my mind.  That seed of doubt has grown into a seedling of suspicion, so to all you out there shouting “that’s not SNFPGP”, what is it then smartypants?  I am hoping it is called Bob, it would make life a lot easier.  Here are the things that I know to be true.  It definitely is a Black Elder.  It has rich purple leaves, pink corymbs of flowers which are followed in the autumn by shiny black fruit.  These fruit are apparently edible just like the bog standard version but I haven’t eaten any so cannot confirm this as truth.  It can get to 4m in both height and width, which is a little on the large size for most gardens, but can be pruned back in spring to keep it a manageable size and the flowers where you can actually see them.  About anything else I cannot be certain.

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