Black elder (syn. Black Beauty)

Sambucus nigra 'Gerda'

Black elder (syn. Black Beauty) - Sambucus nigra  'Gerda'

Common Name: Black elder (syn. Black Beauty)
Genus: Sambucus
Species: nigra
Cultivar: 'Gerda'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Good for wildlife, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 3.00 m (300 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 3.00 m (300 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink
Flowering Period: June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Clay/Heavy
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

This fantastic new variety of elder has intense black burgundy foliage and sweet lemon scented pale pink flowers in early summer opening from dark red buds. Darker than other varieties it makes an excellent ornamental plant for a site in sun or partial shade. As an added bonus the purple black autumn fruits are highly attractive to songbirds.

  • Garden care: To achieve the best foliage effect cut back to ground level each year in early spring and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.

  • Goes well with: Salix alba var vitellina, Trollius europaeus, Primula florindae, Carex elata 'Aurea', Juncus effusus f. 'Spiralis', Hosta sieboldiana var. elegans.


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