Cordyline australis (New Zealand cabbage Palm)
- Usually Flowers : June, July, August
Evergreen, sparsely branched tree. Slow growing. Ht.15mt(50ft). Half hardy. Flowers are white in large, open panicles in summer, producing globose, white fruits in autumn.
- Usually Flowers : April, May
Rare plant as it bears small, green-purple, dioecious flowers, from purple-red buds, in the centre of leaves. April to May. Black fruits in autumn if both sexes grown. Grow in sun or shade in moist soil.
Sambucus nigra Black Lace (BlackElder)
Deciduous shrub with almost black, dissected leaves. Lovely creamy-pink buds open to flattish heads of small, pale pink flowers. Ht.3mt.(10ft.). Blackish-red berries in autumn. Grow in full sun or part shade and fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Best colour in full sun. Good as specimen plant or dark backdrop.
Sambucus nigra Black Tower
- Usually Flowers : March, April, May, June, July, August
New upright, columnar, deciduous shrub or small tree with dark, purple-black foliage. Fat heads of white flowers form from pink buds, spring to summer. Ht.3mt.(10ft.). Hardy. Blackish-red berries form after flowers. Grow in sun or partial shade on moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Good for hedging, specimen, borders and containers.