Q I can’t grow acers. Can you rec­om­mend an al­ter­na­tive?

HAR­RIET BUCHANAN, KENT

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A Sam­bu­cus ni­gra ‘Eva’ (‘Black Lace’) is a quick­grow­ing, tough shrub with finely dis­sected dark leaves that can look sim­i­lar to a Ja­panese maple. It has pink blooms in June and black win­ter berries. H3m (10ft) S2m (6½ft). Golden-leaved el­ders are also avail­able, such as ‘Aurea’ and ‘Golden Tower’.

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