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Black Beauty® Elderberry

Sambucus nigra 'Gerda' PP #12,305

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01999
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!
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Botanical Pronunciationsam-BYOO-kus NY-gruh
LoreAccording to the Humane Society of America, Sambucus leaves, bark, roots, and buds can be toxic to pets.
Average Size at MaturityReaches up to 10 ft. tall.
Bloom TimeEarly summer followed by fall fruit.
Design IdeasGrow 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorPurple
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Hedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Kitchen Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Edible, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

Thrives in most soil types. Performs best with regular water but tolerates drought once established. Apply a slow release fertilizer in early spring. Prune to shape after blooming; for fall berries, leave flowers intact. May be pruned to the ground annually.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-7

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