Black Beauty® Elderberry
Sambucus nigra 'Gerda' PP #12,305
Full sun, Partial sun
Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
We no longer grow this plant
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|Botanical Pronunciation||sam-BYOO-kus NY-gruh|
|Lore||According to the Humane Society of America, Sambucus leaves, bark, roots, and buds can be toxic to pets.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Reaches up to 10 ft. tall.|
|Bloom Time||Early summer followed by fall fruit.|
|Design Ideas||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.|
|Flower Attribute||Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Asian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Border, Hedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Kitchen Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Patent Act||Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.|
|Soil Needs||All-Purpose Plant Food|
|Special Feature||Dramatic Foliage Color, Edible, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils, Bird Friendly|
|Watering Needs||Water 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