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Black Beauty Elderberry Sambucus nigra

  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Fall
  • Mature Size
    • 96 - 144 Inches
Programs
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
Black Beauty Elderberry Sambucus nigra
Part Sun to Sun 96 - 144

Features

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.

Fall Interest
Attracts: 
Birds
Resists: 
Deer

Characteristics

Duration: 
Shrub
Shrub Type: 
Deciduous
Height Category: 
Medium
Garden Height: 
96 - 144 Inches
Spacing: 
108 - 156 Inches
Spread: 
96 - 144 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Pink
Flower Shade: 
Pink
Foliage Colors: 
Purple
Foliage Shade: 
Black/Purple
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Moderate
Blooms On: 
Old Wood
Bloom Time: 
Early Summer
Hardiness Zones: 
4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses Notes: 

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.

Maintenance Notes: 

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.

Black Beauty Sambucus nigra 'Gerda' USPP 12,305

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