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Quick Overview

  • Versatile,
  • Easy to Grow,
  • Lemon Scent,
Common Name:Elderberry
Plant Type:Shrub
Brand:Proven Winners Shrubs
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7 What is my zone?
Height:6 - 8 Feet
Spread:8 - 12 Feet
Exposure:Full Sun (+6 hrs.)
Part Shade (4-6 hrs.)
Blooms On:This Year's Growth
Nature Attractions:Bee-Friendly, Butterflies, Songbirds
Critter Resistance:Deer
Flower Color:Pink Shades

Availability: In stock

Product Name Price Qty
BLACK BEAUTY® Sambucus - PWCC - QT Pot
(Ships in Spring)
  • Buy 3 for $18.99 each and save 10%
  • Buy 6 for $17.99 each and save 14%
  • Buy 12 for $16.99 each and save 19%
BLACK BEAUTY® Sambucus - PWCC - 8" Jumbo Pot
(Ships in Spring)
  • Buy 3 for $35.14 each and save 5%
  • Buy 6 for $33.29 each and save 10%
  • Buy 12 for $31.44 each and save 15%


(Elderberry) Black Beauty™ Sambucus is definitely a WOW plant! The intriguing purple-black foliage is breathtaking and provides all season interest. In midsummer the dark foliage is complimented by massive 10" pink flowers that emit a light lemon fragrance! Black Beauty™ is easy to grow and versatile in the landscape - it can be grown as a shrub or cut it back each year and use it as a bold perennial or train it to grow as a small tree! A Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrub.
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BLACK BEAUTY® Sambucus nigra 'Gerda' PP12,305

Common Name Elderberry
USDA Hardiness Zone 4, 5, 6, 7
Plant Type Shrub
Brand Proven Winners Shrubs
Sun Exposure Full Sun (+6 hrs.), Part Shade (4-6 hrs.)
Soil Moisture Needs Moderate, Wet
Nature Attractions Bee-Friendly, Butterflies, Songbirds
Critter Resistance Deer
Flower Color Pink Shades
Attributes Deciduous, Native
Design Use Container, Specimen
Blooms On This Year's Growth
Growth Habit Upright
Season of Interest (Flowering) Late Summer, Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage) Fall, Spring, Summer

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Customer Reviews

Nice Color Review by Janet | Zone: 6
Very leggy. Growth is horizontal as much as it is vertical. My family calls it the Medusa shrub. I'm in zone 6a and this plant has to be cut back every year--no life whatsoever on old branches. Despite close proximity of another elderberry bush I have yet to see more than one bunch of flowers. The color is nice and the kids find it quirky. Wouldn't be my first choice. (Posted on 6/8/2009)
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