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Black Beauty Elderberry Sambucus nigra

  • Hardy Zones
    • 4 - 7
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Fall
  • Mature Size
    • 96 - 144 Inches
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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.

Foliage Interest
Fall Interest
Attracts: 
Birds
Resists: 
Deer

Characteristics

Duration: 
Shrub
Shrub Type: 
Deciduous
Height Category: 
Tall
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: 
Border Plant
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses: 
Specimen or Focal Point
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. Winnter of the Bronze Medal, Royal Boskoop Horticulture Society.

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

  • I love this plant. It was the focal point in a garden at the end of a walkway. It grew beautifully had it for about 8 years and suddenly last year it just died. I think borers got to it when cutting it down there were holes through the center of the brances. I am going to replant this beautiful plant. Mine looked like a small tree.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Leah Camara
    Tiverton
    Rhode Island
    United States
    2 years ago
  • My elderberry keeps looking like it wants to off itself! Following all instructions...

    Satisfactory Average performance, met expectations but not outstanding.
    Maggie
    Littleton
    Colorado
    United States
    2 years ago
  • Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    Mona Larochelle
    Quebec
    Canada
    4 years ago
  • This shrub grew 10' every year, even though pruned almost to the ground. It was wispy, difficult to control, and never flowered for me after pruning. Very disappointing after all the hype.

    Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    Terri
    Ontario
    Canada
    4 years ago
  • I LOVE THIS SHRUB - I HAVE IT IN A DECORATIVE GARDEN AND IT IS THRIVING AND NEEDS NO TENDING TO

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    TAUNI
    Oregon
    United States
    4 years ago
  • I was looking forward to this beautiful plant in my garden but the two plants I planted did not come back this year.

    Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    Sandi Simmons
    Ohio
    United States
    4 years ago
  • I have a weakness for dark foilage plants. I have two of these in the back of my border and they are very carefree easy shrubs to grow. The flowers are so pretty againt the color of the leaves. I just love it.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Cheryl Dexter
    New York
    United States
    4 years ago
  • Satisfactory Average performance, met expectations but not outstanding.
    Russell Studebaker
    Missouri
    United States
    4 years ago
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