Sambucus nigra Purpurea (syn. Guincho Purple ?) Caprifoliaceae
Purpurea (Guincho Purple ?) Elder or Elderberry sam-BEW-kus ni-GRA
- Broadleaf deciduous shrub, smaller than species. Leaves are bright green when young, rapidly becoming bronze, then deep bronzy purple. In the fall, leaves turn rich red. Flowers are white flushed with pink and fruit black.
- Sun and part shade.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Purpurea may be the same as Guincho Purple, for Dirr (1998, p. 930) states that "according to Nelson, The Plantsman 8(3):189-190 (1986), the original cultivar names 'Follis Purpureis' and 'Purpurea' are no longer valid and the name 'Guincho Purple' is proposed". The Hiller Manual of Trees and Shurbs (1998) lists 'Follis Purpureis' and 'Purpurea' as equivalent to 'Guincho Purple'