Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Guincho Purple'
elder 'Guincho Purple'
'Guincho Purple' is a bushy large shrub or small tree, up to 6m high, with pinnate leaves which open green, turn dark purple in summer, and finally red in autumn. Flowerheads in early summer, of pale pink flowers on dark pink stems, are followed by black fruits in late summer and early autumn
SynonymsSambucus nigra 'Foliis Purpureis'
Sambucus nigra 'Folius Purpurea'
see moreSambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Purpurea'
Sambucus nigra 'Guincho Purple'
Sambucus nigra 'Purpurea'
Ultimate height4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height10–20 years
Ultimate spread4–8 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
South–facing or East–facing or North–facing or West–facing
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
- Potentially harmful
- The flowers and the cooked berries are edible, but all other parts may cause discomfort if ingested. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling
Sambucus can be herbaceous perennials, deciduous shrubs or small trees, with pinnate leaves and umbels or panicles of small creamy-white flowers followed by red, white or black berries
- Name status
How to grow
Easy to grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soils in full sun or partial shade
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Cottage and informal garden
- Wildlife gardens
- Flower borders and beds
May be susceptible to blackfly and glasshouse red spider mite
May be susceptible to verticillium wilt
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