Milan, Illinois
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Black Beauty® Sambucus

Sambucus nigra 'gerda'

PP 12,305

Bold, Beautiful, Flowering Shrub

Massive, lemon scented, pink flowers in June - July contrast wonderfully with the dark purple foliage. 

Grow as a shrub or cut it back each year to grow as a perennial! 

The rich, purple leaf color does not fade in summer, but actually gets darker!  Almost looks black!


Excellent for use as a specimen, screen or informal hedge.    Zones 4-8  Height:  8-12 feet  Spread:  8 feet.  May be kept smaller with pruning.

Pair up with Sutherland Gold for a fantastic color contrast!

Pest and disease free and deer do not seem to bother this plant.  Full sun to partial shade.  Fruit is edible.

Our plants are container grown 12-24" height.

Plant now for color yet this year and a real show next summer!

Space 4-6' apart

Container grown in  gallon pots.  

Propagation prohibited.  Patent/trademark tag included with each plant.  All royalties/fees are paid.

A Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Selection!!

 Shipped semi-bare root.

 Shipped out of pot with rootball wrapped. 

 NOTE FOR SUMMER SHIPPING:  Extreme heat will turn the leaves  a green-purple color.  They will revert back to purple with cooler weather.

Item Name: Black Beauty Sambucus Quart in-pot   Item Number: 13332


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1 gallon: 

Item Name: Black Beauty Sambucus Gal. SBR   Item Number: 90016


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Item Name: Black Beauty Sambucus 2  Gal. SBR   Item Number: 13072


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Growing Tips
Best in moist soil although will tolerate dry soils. Thrives under acid or alkaline soils. Best if pruned immediately after blooming. Sets buds the summer prior to blooming. Like high moisture. Deciduous shrub. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for the recommended rate of application.

Exposure:  Plant in sun or partial shade
Height:  72-96"
Spacing:  96-144"
Hardy Temp -25°F (-32°C) Zones 4-8

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.

Excellent in large containers

Features:  Blooms with light pink flowers in early summer. Wonderful reddish-black berries in fall for wildlife. Fruit is edible and good for jellies, pies, juice, and wine. Attractive to birds.