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Common elder 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 is a much more ornamental option for the garden setting. It works well when planted on its own or as part of a hedge.
Cultivar: Black Beauty
Plant type: Deciduous shrub
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Moist
Skill level: Experienced
Time to take cuttings: July to September
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