Mackey's Live Goods

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Elderberry, Instant Karma® Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)

  • Delivery Available with Online Checkout
  • Not Available In-store at Colchester Mackey's
  • Not Available In-store at Willimantic Mackey's
  • Not Available In-store at Woodstock Mackey's

Brighten your garden with Instant Karma® elderberry. A major improvement over older variegated elderberries, Instant Karma offers neat, clean foliage of interplaying green and white. Large, lacy flower clusters appear in early summer, and if a pollinator variety (like Black Lace or Black Beauty) is present, you'll get a crop of purple-black fruit in autumn. This versatile plant can be grown as a small tree or large shrub - it even plays nice in a perennial garden if it is cut back each year for a handsome spray of bright foliage.

  • Crisply variegated foliage
  • Lacy white flowers in early summer
  • Deer resistant
  • Fragrant flower
  • Foliage interest
  • Drought tolerant
  • Category: Shrub
  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Height: 72-96 Inches
  • Spread: 72-96 Inches
  • Spacing: 72-96 in
  • Bloom Color: White Shades
  • Foliage Color: White Shades

Variegated va-va-voom!

Growing & Maintenance Tips for Sambucus nigra 'Instant Karma®'

Elderberries look great unpruned, but they take well to pruning too. They are best pruned after blooming, although if you are growing it primarily as a foliage plant, it can be pruned in early spring. This plant is not recommended for hot climates (zone 8 and warmer).

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