Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty'

Common elder

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour

White

Feature

Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty'

Plant details

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.

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Sambucus

Species: nigra

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 600cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to take cuttings: July to September


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