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Black Beauty® Elderberry

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  • USDA Hardiness Zones 4 - 7
  • Height 6 - 8 Feet 
  • Spread 8 - 12 Feet 

This is the plant for you if your looking to add sophistication to your landscape. It has deep purple foliage that keeps its color all season. In the early summer it blooms large pink flowers. If a compatible pollinator is planted nearby, the Black Beauty Elderberry produces an edible fruit. This should be your first choice when adding beauty to your landscape!

The foliage is eye catching. It is a deep purple, almost black color. The blooms appear in early summer and are a bright pink. They offer a scent that is similar to anise. The Black Beauty Elderberry produces an edible fruit when a pollinator is planted in proximity. It grows to a height and has a spread of 6 to 8 feet. This deciduous shrub makes a great border plant. It makes a stunning focal point in a container or in a landscape. It does well in mass planting or used for screen planting.

Black Beauty Elderberry Care

Important notes for your Black Beauty Elderberry: In order to bear fruit a compatible pollinator such as Black Lace, Instant Karma, or Laced up. Both shrubs will produce berries when cross pollinated.

Plant in full to part sun. The Black Beauty Elderberry requires moist soil that is well drained. This Elderberry has average water needs. It can tolerate all soil types with varying PH levels. Prune immediately after bloom season finishes. Granular fertilizer should be applied in the spring. The Black Beauty Elderberry will grow primarily green foliage in warmer climates. Its color does best in cooler climates.

Elderberry can toxic to pets if consumed.

Black Beauty Elderberry Spacing

The Black Beauty Elderberry grows to a height and spread of 6 to 8 feet. Be sure to utilize proper spacing. Spacing for your Black Beauty Elderberry should be 8 feet center on center.

Black Beauty Plant Facts

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-7
Flower Color(s): Pink Flowers
Bloom Period: Early Summer
Foliage Color(s): Dark Purple-Black Foliage
Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun
Height: 6-8 Feet Tall
Spread: 8-12 Feet Wide
Spacing: 8 Feet Center on Center
Habit: Upright
Blooms On: Old Wood
Watering: Average
Shrub Type: Deciduous
Scientific Name: Black Beauty® Sambucus nigra 'Gerda' USPP 12,305
Common Name: Black Beauty Elderberry

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

14 Reviews - Black Beauty® Elderberry Show Reviews

  • 5
    Black Beauty...

    Posted by Barbara Gentile on Jul 3rd 2020

    Arrived in great condition.

  • 5

    Posted by Roland Humbs on Jul 3rd 2020

    The best plant I’ve ever ordered online!

  • 5
    Black Beauty Indeed!

    Posted by Customer on Jul 3rd 2020

    This gorgeous plant arrived a little stressed but in good condition otherwise. I follow the instructions and within a day it was revived. Within a week, there were beautiful whitish blooms atop the intricate purple-black leaves. It’s in a huge pot on my patio until autumn when It will be planted in the garden. Love!!

  • 5
    Hard to find...

    Posted by Carol L Darin on Jun 28th 2020

    I was very happy to find the Black Beauty Elderberry plant. I couldn’t find one locally. The plant is very healthy! I’m sure I’ll revisit this site!

  • 5

    Posted by Nancy Blue on Jun 21st 2020

    Received a fully leafed out and sturdy 1 qt plant. Very pleased with this elderberry. A better quality in this size than I ever received elsewhere.

  • 5
    Black Beauty®...

    Posted by Nancy Zimmerman on Jun 17th 2020

    Black Beauty® Elderberry

  • 5

    Posted by Customer on Jun 15th 2020


  • 5
    Looks fine, hope it survives my heat!

    Posted by Mary Lynne Newell on Jun 13th 2020

    Nice looking plant, packaged well. Planted with wood chips mixed in for acidity, lots of water, and shade cloth. So far surviving my 100 degree heat. The ones of my childhood grew in a field next to a swamp, so trying to simulate that type of environment.

  • 2
    Wasn't impressed with plants. All I received was...

    Posted by Kathy Wright on Jun 9th 2020

    Wasn't impressed with plants. All I received was a proven winner which you can get anywhere a d cheaper at amazon