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botanical name:
Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Gerda'
Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Gerda' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Elderberry, Black Elder
synonyms:  Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty'
family:  Adoxaceae
characteristics: shrub, scented/aromatic
height: 3.00m
width: 3.00m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: purple
flower colour: pink
fruit colour: black
stem/bark: brown
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: 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
description:
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.

cultivation:
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.

propagation:
Softwood or hardwood cuttings, in spring or late autumn.

other notes:
Produced by Horticulture Research International of East Malling, Kent, England. Introduced in 1999.

RHS AGM

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