Black Beauty ElderSambucus nigra ’Gerda’
- Height8 FT(2 M)
- Spread6 FT(2 M)
- Sunlight ConditionFull Sun to Part Shade
- Soil ConditionMoist
- Fruit/EdibilityEdible Fruit
- Flowering TimeSpring
- Flower ColorPink
A hardy, fast growing, multi-stem deciduous shrub with an upright, spreading habit of growth. Features dark purple foliage throughout the season. Produces attractive, clusters of tiny, soft pink blooms with a lemon scent in late spring to early summer, turning to small ornamental deep purple berries in fall.
- Medium size shrub
- Fast growth rate
- Deep purple fall color
- Produces suckers
- General garden use
- Accent/mass planting
- Naturalization/reclamation/woodlands gardens
- Attracts birds
Optimal Growing Conditions:
- Plant in a full sun to partial shade location.
- Prefers average to wet conditions and will tolerate some standing water
- Will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location
- Highly tolerant of urban pollution
- Ocassional maintenance
- Best pruned in late winter or early spring once the threat of extreme cold has passed
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