Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Gerda' (PBR)

black elder (syn. Sambucus Black Beauty)

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Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Gerda' (PBR)

black elder (syn. Sambucus Black Beauty)

  • 12 litre pot | 1.2 - 1.5m tall
  • £164.99
  • available to order from mid summer
  • 2 litre pot
  • £21.43 £26.79
  • In stock (shipped within 1-2 working days)
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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This fantastic variety of elder has intense, black-burgundy foliage and sweet, lemon-scented, pale pink flowers in early summer, opening from dark red buds. Darker than other varieties, it makes an excellent ornamental plant for a site in sun or partial shade. As an added bonus the purple-black autumn fruits are highly attractive to songbirds. For best foliage colour grow it in full sun, otherwise it can fade to a greenish-bronze.

  • Garden care: To achieve the best foliage effect cut back to ground level each year in early spring and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.
  • Humans/Pets: Harmful if eaten; fruit/flowers edible if cooked

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