General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 8 to 15 feet (2.4-4.6m)
Plant Spread: 4 to 8 feet (1.2-2.4m)
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: 6"-12"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Flowering Tree
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Salt tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Other: Seed, Leaf, Bark, Roots toxic to animals
Pollinators: Flies
Miscellaneous: Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: USPP12,305
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2005 Great Plant Picks Award Winner

Trade name information:
Trade Name: Black Beauty™
Cultivar name: 'Gerda'
Common names
  • Elderberry
  • Black Elder
  • European Elder
  • Bourtree
Also sold as:
  • Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Gerda'

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