Sophisticated – memorable – beautiful – yes, it’s an elderberry!
Elderberry is not the first plant most people think of for a dramatic landscape accent, but Black Beauty elderberry changes all of that. Dark purple-black foliage looks rich and lush all season and gets even better when accented by extra large pink flowers in early summer. Black Beauty elderberry produces edible fruit if a compatible pollinator, such as Black Lace, Instant Karma, or Laced-Up elderberry, is planted nearby.
Top reasons to grow Black Beauty elderberry:
– deep purple-black foliage looks handsome in the landscape and works with lots of different colors
– big pink flowers in early summer offer a sweet anise scent
– very tough and durable, growing well in a range of soil conditions
96 – 144 Inches
108 – 156 Inches
96 – 144 Inches
Part Sun to Sun
4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
Specimen or Focal Point
Grow either as a shrub or cut it back every year and make it into a bold perennial. Good in groupings and masses, perennial and shrub borders, as a specimen or screen, on roadsides or for naturalizing, good in boggy or wet gardens.
PLEASE NOTE: To produce berries, you’ll need a Black Lace, Instant Karma, or Laced Up as a pollinator. Both plants will get berries.
According to the Humane Society of America, elderberry can be toxic to pets if consumed.
Best in moist soil although will tolerate dry soils. Thrives under acid or alkaline soils. Best if pruned immediately after blooming. May be pruned to the ground each year and grown like a perennial. Fertilize in early spring by applying a granular fertilizer formulated for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for the recommended rate of application.
The color on Black Beauty elderberry is best in cool climates; in hot areas, it may grow primarily green foliage.