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.
Black Beauty™ Elderberry Sambucus nigra
- Hardy Zones
- 4 - 7
- 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. Winnter of the Bronze Medal, Royal Boskoop Horticulture Society.
Into Sambucus? Check out the newest edition to the family: Lemony Lace, a great companion to Black Lace.
- Leah CamaraTivertonRhode IslandUnited States2 years ago
My elderberry keeps looking like it wants to off itself! Following all instructions...MaggieLittletonColoradoUnited States3 years ago
- Mona LarochelleQuebecCanada4 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.TerriOntarioCanada4 years ago
I LOVE THIS SHRUB - I HAVE IT IN A DECORATIVE GARDEN AND IT IS THRIVING AND NEEDS NO TENDING TOTAUNIOregonUnited States4 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 States4 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 States4 years ago
- Russell StudebakerMissouriUnited States4 years ago