Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty'(Gerda)
Purple elder - 3 litres
Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty' is a highly ornamental elder with glossy, purple-black leaves and scented pink flowers in early summer, followed by edible black berries. A delicious pink cordial can be made from the flowers and wine from the berries. Unpruned it will make a magnificent large shrub to 4-5m.high, a spectacular sight in full flower. Alternatively, to keep it compact, to around 1.5-1.8m., and promote larger, even more impressive leaves, it can be pruned hard in late winter, making a superb foliage plant for a mixed border. Thrives in most soils, with best foliage colour in full sun.
This plant has an RHS Award of Garden Merit.
|Awards||RHS Award of Garden Merit|
|Botanical name||Sambucus nigra|
|Common name||Purple elder|
|Plant breeders' rights code||'Gerda'|
|Plant type||Deciduous Shrubs|
|Season of interest||Spring, Summer, Autumn|
|Time to maturity||10 - 20 years|
|Ultimate height||2.6m - 4m|
|Ultimate spread||2.6m - 4m|