Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty'

Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty'

Elder

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Flowers
Flowers
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Yes
Fruits
Fruits
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Yes

Key Information

  • Botanical name: Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty'
  • Common name: Elder
  • Plant type: Tree
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 6m

Spread: 3m

Flower colour:
  • White
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers, Fruit

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Common elder, Sambucus nigra, bears sprays of tiny white flowers in early summer followed by small black fruit which can be cooked and eaten, or used to make a refreshing summer drink.

Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty' has almost black foliage and sweet, lemon scented, pale pink flowers in early summer. Compared to common elder, it's a much more ornamental option. It works well when planted on its own or as part of a hedge.

For best results, grow in moist but well drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Cut plants back after fruiting, if desired.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle, Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers, Provides shelter/habitat, Makes a good wildlife hedge, Seeds for birds, Caterpillar food plant

Care routine

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Plant
Plant
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Yes
Yes
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Take cuttings
Take cuttings
Yes
Yes
Yes

Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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