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Black Beauty® Elderberry

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  • USDA Hardiness Zones 4-7
  • Height 8-12 Feet Tall
  • Spread 8-12 Feet Wide
  • Light Requirement is Part Sun to Sun

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 96” to 144” inches. 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. Elderberry is toxic to pets if consumed. 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.

Black Beauty Elderberry Spacing

The Black Beauty Elderberry grows to a height and spread of 96”to 144” inches. Be sure to utilize proper spacing. Spacing for your Black Beauty Elderberry should be 108” to 156” inches 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: 8-12 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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Standard Colors: 7-10 business days

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

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3 Reviews - Black Beauty® Elderberry Show Reviews

  • 5
    very good

    Posted by Nuri E. on Jan 19th 2020

    I am very impressed with the plants that arrived at my house. great condition and ready to be planted right away. I'll purchase again.

  • 5
    huge shrubs

    Posted by Donny Hick on Mar 26th 2019

    I have 2 of these in my backyard and they are getting very large and look so cool with the black leaves and the bright flowers. I've even given my friends a few cuttings so they could grow them as well, because everyone is so interested in these. These will now be 3 years old soon.

  • 5
    something to try

    Posted by Patty R on Oct 10th 2018

    I bought 2 of these for my yard, so I had some dark foliage. But secretly, I wanted to see if I could grow elderberries to go in my gin cocktails. Don't tell my husband that though!