Corylus maxima Purpurea (Purple Leaved Hazel)
- Usually Flowers : January, February
Vigorous, deciduous shrub or small tree with deep purple leaves. Purplish catkins with yellow anthers hang from bare branches in late winter. Ht.6mt.(20ft.). Edible nuts form in autumn. Grow in full sun or partial shade on fertile, well-drained soil. Good for hedging or as specimen plant.
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia Creeper)
- Usually Flowers : June, July, August
Rampant, tendril climber that has mid-green leaves turning to brilliant shades of crimson-red in autumn. Up to 15mt.(48ft.). Insignificant flowers in June to August give way to dark purple berries in autumn. Grow in sun for best colours but will equally grow in shade. Needs well-drained soil. most suitable for high walls.
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.