Sambucus Black Beauty


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SKU: sambucus-black-beauty Category:
Common Name: Black Elder
Size: 2-3 Litre
Hardiness: H6
Hardiness Ratings

All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees ˚C) are shown in brackets

  • H1a: under glass all year (>15˚C)
  • H1b: can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15 ˚C)
  • H1c: can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10 ˚C)
  • H2: tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5 ˚C)
  • H3: hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1 ˚C)
  • H4: hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5 ˚C)
  • H5: hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10 ˚C)
  • H6: hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15 ˚C)
  • H7: hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20 ˚C)
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This plant has won a RHS award

2-3 Litre Pot

  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Position: Full sun, partial shade
  • Soil: Moist, well drained
  • Growth Rate: Average
  • Flowering Period: June
  • Hardiness: H6
  • Eventual Height: 2.5 – 4m
  • Eventual Spread: 2.5 – 4m

Sambucus Black Beauty, commonly known as ‘Black Elder’ and holder of the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit,  is a stunning bushy deciduous shrub that belongs to the Viburnaceae family. This cultivar is prized for its dark purple, almost black, foliage and striking pink flowers.

The plant typically grows to a height of 4 metres with an equal spread. It has an upright, multi-stemmed habit and grows moderately fast, making it a great choice for adding structure and drama to the garden. The stems are sturdy and woody, with a deep purple-black colour that contrasts beautifully with the foliage.

The leaves are deeply lobed and pinnate and emerge in Spring and provide a bold, dramatic backdrop for the flowers that appear later in the season. The flowers are large, showy, and flat-topped, with a bright pink colour that fades to a soft pink as they age. They appear in early to mid-Summer and attract bees and other pollinators to the garden.

The fruit of this plant is also a noteworthy feature. The small, dark berries that follow are attractive to birds and can be left on the plant to provide Winter interest and a food source for wildlife.

Overall, Sambucus Black Beauty is an excellent choice for gardeners who want to add drama, colour, and interest to their landscape. Its striking foliage, showy flowers, and attractive fruit make it a standout in any garden setting.

How to care for your Sambucus Black Beauty

  • Planting: Choose a well-draining soil.  Prefers full sun to partial shade and requires at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. Plant it in a location that is sheltered from strong winds.
  • Watering: Prefers moist soil and should be watered regularly, especially during hot, dry spells. However, avoid overwatering as it can cause root rot.
  • Fertilising: You can fertilise once a year in the Spring with a slow-release granular fertiliser. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application rates.
  • Pruning: Doesn’t require regular pruning, but you can prune it lightly to shape it or remove dead or diseased branches. Prune in late Winter or early Spring before new growth appears.
  • Winter Care: It is hardy down to -20˚C, but it may need some winter protection in colder regions. Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to protect the roots from freezing temperatures.

By following these simple care tips, you can enjoy the beauty and benefits of your Sambucus Black Beauty for many years to come.



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