The plants are growing fine but they are not purple. The leaves are dk. green but definitely not purple. This is the second year after planting. I thought they might darken up. I am very disappointed. Could the wrong ones have been sent? The tag says Black Beauty Elderberry, Proven Winners.
Black Beauty® Elderberry Sambucus nigra
- Hardy Zones
- 4 - 7
- Part Sun to Sun
- Mature Size
- 96 - 144 Inches
Once it has shipped you will receive an email with your FedEx tracking number.
Occasionally plants may be trimmed before shipping to ensure fuller branching and flowering in your garden.
Sophisticated - memorable - beautiful - yes, it's an elderberry!
Elderberry is not the first plant most people think of for a dramatic landscape accent, but Black Beauty® elderberry changes all of that. Dark purple-black foliage looks rich and lush all season and gets even better when accented by extra large pink flowers in early summer. Black Beauty elderberry produces edible fruit if a compatible pollinator, such as Black Lace®, Instant Karma®, or Laced-Up® elderberry, is planted nearby.
Top reasons to grow Black Beauty® elderberry:
- deep purple-black foliage looks handsome in the landscape and works with lots of different colors
- big pink flowers in early summer offer a sweet anise scent
- very tough and durable, growing well in a range of soil conditions
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.
PLEASE NOTE: To produce berries, you'll need a Black Lace®, Instant Karma®, or Laced Up™ as a pollinator. Both plants will get berries.
According to the Humane Society of America, elderberry can be toxic to pets if consumed.
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 granular fertilizer formulated for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for the recommended rate of application.
The color on Black Beauty elderberry is best in cool climates; in hot areas, it may grow primarily green foliage.
- Venetia HancockYakimaWashingtonUnited States10 weeks ago
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.Leah CamaraTivertonRhode IslandUnited States4 years ago
My elderberry keeps looking like it wants to off itself! Following all instructions...MaggieLittletonColoradoUnited States4 years ago
- Mona LarochelleQuebecCanada6 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.TerriOntarioCanada6 years ago
I LOVE THIS SHRUB - I HAVE IT IN A DECORATIVE GARDEN AND IT IS THRIVING AND NEEDS NO TENDING TOTAUNIOregonUnited States6 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.Sandi SimmonsOhioUnited States6 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.Cheryl DexterNew YorkUnited States6 years ago
- Russell StudebakerMissouriUnited States6 years ago