Black Beauty™ Elderberry Sambucus nigra
- Part Sun to Sun
- Mature Size
- 96 - 144 Inches
Dark purple foliage all season and soft pink early summer flowers. Season long color. Fall fruit attracts wildlife, or may be used for jellies and jams. Deer resistant.
Grow either as a shrub or cut it back every year and make it into a bold perennial. Good in groupings and masses, perennial and shrub borders, as a specimen or screen, on roadsides or for naturalizing, good in boggy or wet gardens.
According to the Humane Society of American Sambucus leaves, bark, roots, and buds can be toxic to pets. This is means that the plants are generally identified as having the capability for producing a toxic reaction.
Best in moist soil although will tolerate dry soils. Thrives under acid or alkaline soils. Best if pruned immediately after blooming. May be pruned to the ground each year and grown like a perennial. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for the recommended rate of application.
This is a whole new look for elderberry! Massive, pink flowers in mid-summer contrast wonderfully with the dark purple, almost black foliage. Grow it as a shrub, or cut it back each year and use it as a bold perennial. Tons of appeal! Into Sambucus? Check out the newest edition to the family: Lemon Lace, a great companion to Black Lace.
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