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Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Gerda'
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common name: Elderberry, Black Elder
synonyms: Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty'
full sun, part shade
dry soil, moist soil, wet/waterlogged soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: -29°C
USDA zone: 5 to 8
Fairly recent cultivar with excellent very dark purple, almost black, foliage. Retains its colour well throughout the season . Pink flowers with a lemony fragrance followed by black elderberries.
Moist well drained soil in sun or part shade. Tolerant of a wide range of conditions and easy to grow.
Prune back hard in early spring.
Softwood or hardwood cuttings, in spring or late autumn.
Produced by Horticulture Research International of East Malling, Kent, England. Introduced in 1999.