Sambucus nigra porphyrophylla ‘Black Beauty’® (Gerda) Elder

Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Gerda'

Description: An upright, deciduous shrub or small tree with burgundy-black, pinnate leaves. Sweet, lemon scented blooms are carried in dense panicles in early summer, followed by glossy black elderberries that are loved by birds.

History: Raised at Horticultural Research International, East Malling, Kent. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Sambucus Growing Tips: Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soils, also thrives on extremely chalky sites. Tolerates shade, but colours best in sun. Fruit and flowers may be used for flavouring, wine and cooking.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 3m x 2m


  • Deciduous
  • Flowering month: May
  • Leaf colour: Purple
  • S Size: Small
  • Scented flowers
  • Award-winning
  • Fruit for wildlife
  • Chalk tolerant
  • Wet tolerant
  • Can be hard pruned

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