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Sambucus nig por Black Beauty® Gerda
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Sambucus nigra porphyrophylla BLACK BEAUTY ® Gerda


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

General attributes

Award-winning Award-winning
Text Purple Foliage
Text Bushy

Ornamental attributes

Small tree size after 10 years Small tree size after 10 years
Flowering month - May Flowering month - May
Scented flowers Scented flowers
Fruit for wildlife Fruit for wildlife
Chalk tolerant Chalk tolerant
Wet tolerant Wet tolerant
Hard prune Hard prune