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Sambucus nigra 'Gerda'

Black Beauty Elderberry

European Black Elderberry
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Plant Facts

Scientific Name Sambucus nigra 'Gerda'
Principal Common Name Black Beauty Elderberry
Common Name(s) European Black Elderberry
Description Dark purple foliage all season and soft pink early summer flowers. Season long color. Fall fruit attracts wildlife. Deer resistant. 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 slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for the recommended rate of application. Description by Spring Meadow Nursery.
General Comments
Nativity Europe, N. Africa, Asia
Height Range 8 - 12 FT
Spread Range 9 - 13 FT
Flower Showy Y
Sunset Zones 2 : 3 : 4 : 5 : 6 : 7 : 14 : 15 : 16 : 17
USDA Zones 4a : 4b : 5a : 5b : 6a : 6b : 7a : 7b
Leaf Color Purple-Black
Leaf Texture Feathery : Fern-like
Form Shrub
Flower Color Pink : Purple
Flower Time Apr : May : June : Spring : Summer
Ease of Growing Average
Light Preferences Sun (minimum 8 hours direct sun) : Light Shade
Soil Preferences Acid : Alkaline : Moist : Rich
Watering Preferences Medium
Outstanding Features Berries : Color : Deer resistant : Fall Color : Flower : Foliage

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