Sambucus nigra Black Beauty
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Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty '

A beautiful ornamental tree with stunning dark purple leaves and frothy heads of pink flowers.
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  • A garden-designer's favourite with its dramatic black foliage - similar to an Acer tree but at a fraction of the cost.
  • Flowering from May to June with umbels of rich-pink flowers.
  • The flowers can be used to make an interesting pink coloured  home-made cordials or Elderflower Champagne!
  • In autumn the flowers are followed by dark red berries that will attract birds to your garden.
  • Supplied as established plant in a 3L pot - dormant in winter, so have no leaves then.

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With its dramatic black foliage and beautiful creamy-pink flowers, Sambucus Black Beauty is a real head turner!

An ornamental form of the common elder, it's a real favourite with leading garden designers because of its stunning decorative foliage and manageability, plus as a holder of the RHS Award of Garden Merit, it's been judged to be perfect for UK gardens.

Flowering from May to June, Black Beauty produces stunning umbels of dainty pink, star-shaped blooms with a subtle, lemon fragrance. These fade from rich pink to pale pink, contrasting wonderfully with its luxurious, purple-black foliage.

In autumn the pollen-rich flowers are followed by purple-black, shiny, round berries that will attract plenty of wildlife into your garden.

Fully hardy, robust and a breeze to look after, it'll tolerate really harsh pruning too, springing back to life even when cut almost to the ground.

As an added bonus, and perfect if you're into growing your own, the berries will make vitamin-rich, home-made cordials and the flowers can be used to make Elderflower Champagne!

Supplied as an established plant in a 3L pot, ready to plant straight out.

 

What Is Supplied

Item 510666 supplied as:
Supplied as an established plant in a 3L pot, ready to plant straight out.. Plant in sun or light shade, and will reach H3m (10ft) x W4m (13ft) - smaller if pruned regularly.

Plant Care Information

RHS Garden Merit
RHS Garden Merit
Scented / Fragrant
Scented / Fragrant
Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Winter Hardy
Edible
Edible
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow
Wildlife Friendly
Wildlife Friendly

Top Tips

To get a great display of fresh, dark leaves, cut back to ground level each year in early spring and apply a 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base.

Care Information

  • Pot-grown shrubs can be planted at any time of the year as long as the soil is not waterlogged or frozen. If in doubt, err towards spring but remember to keep pots well-watered so that the soil does not dry out.
  • Sambucus will grow in most soils as long as they're not waterlogged.
  • Shrub roots generally tend to spread out rather than down, so dig a planting hole 3 x wider than the roots of the shrub you're planting, and mix some well rotted compost or manure with the soil from the hole and use this to re-fill one the shrub is in place.
  • We've found that a square hole is better than a round one as the new roots, once they reach the edges tend to grow in a circle round the circumference of the hole whereas when they reach the corners of a square hole, they find it easier to grow through.
  • Before planting soak container-grown shrubs thoroughly and allow to drain.
  • Remove the plant from its pot and tease out a few of the roots.
  • Add Mycorrhizal fungi to the roots when planting to help plants establish quicker.
  • Place your shrub in the hole at the same level at the pot.
  • Refill the hole with the earth removed (backfilling).
  • Firm in the soil with your heel, avoiding the root ball.
  • Water well.
  • Mulch around the base of the plant with a collar, compost, gravel, bark etc.

Planting/Flowering Calendar

Best Time To Plant
When Your Plant Will Flower
When Your Plant Will Fruit
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
300 cm
400 cm
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