Sambucus nigra Instant Karma®


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Plant Code: SAIK

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Get in the garden groove! Plant our Instant Karma for an enviable garden specimen pleasing to the eye and soul. Blue green leaves edged with gold – variegation will transform to cream. Big lacy, pure white flowers in late spring intensify its beauty. No berries (often preferred). However, to cross-pollinate, plant within 60' of another variety of Sambucus to yield purple berries for the birds in fall.

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Type: Shrubs
Height: Tall 6-8'
Spacing: Plant 7-9' apart
Bloom Time: Mid-Spring to Early Summer
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Mostly Sunny
Zones: 4-7   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal
Flower: White
Accent: White
Patent: Pending 'Sanivalk'
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • For a Slope or Bank
  • Deer Resistant
  • Good for Hedge
  • Seaside/Salt Tolerant

Sambucus General Information

Sambucus nigra is a deciduous multi-stemmed shrub grown primarily for foliage color. Ornamental fruit will develop in autumn if a pollinator is near. Prefers a moist soil but will adapt to dry soils.

Sambucus Plant Care

Responds well to hard pruning each spring while dormant. Cut back older stems to the ground and one-year old wood by 1/2. Remove suckers at the base as they appear. Sambucus blooms on old wood.