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Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Gerda' (Elder 'Gerda')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
4m
Max height
4m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Gerda'

Other names

Black elder 'Black Beauty', Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty', Sambucus nigra 'Gerda', Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Black Beauty', Elder 'Gerda', Black elder 'Gerda'

Genus

Sambucus Sambucus

Variety or Cultivar

'Gerda' _ 'Gerda' is an upright, deciduous shrub or small tree with pinnate leaves divided into three to seven, ovate to elliptic, dark purple-black leaflets and flattened panicles of tiny, aromatic, pink flowers in summer followed by spherical, glossy, black fruit.


Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Gerda' is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Flowers are scented.

Habit

Upright

Toxicity

Any part of the plant may cause discomfort if ingested. However, the berries may be consumed when cooked.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Pink in Summer

Foliage

Black, Dark-purple in Spring; Dark-purple, Black in Summer; Dark-purple, Black in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Black-fly , Glasshouse red spider mite Black-fly , Glasshouse red spider mite

Verticillium wilt Verticillium wilt

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Tolerates hard pruning to control size.

Propagation methods

Hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Gerda' (Elder 'Gerda') will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 4m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Coastal, Hedging/Screens, Wildlife, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in humus-rich, moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions including extremely chalky sites.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Gerda'

Other names

Black elder 'Black Beauty', Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty', Sambucus nigra 'Gerda', Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Black Beauty', Elder 'Gerda', Black elder 'Gerda'

Genus

Sambucus Sambucus

Variety or Cultivar

'Gerda' _ 'Gerda' is an upright, deciduous shrub or small tree with pinnate leaves divided into three to seven, ovate to elliptic, dark purple-black leaflets and flattened panicles of tiny, aromatic, pink flowers in summer followed by spherical, glossy, black fruit.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Flowers are scented.

Habit

Upright

Toxicity

Any part of the plant may cause discomfort if ingested. However, the berries may be consumed when cooked.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Pink in Summer

Foliage

Black, Dark-purple in Spring; Dark-purple, Black in Summer; Dark-purple, Black in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Black-fly , Glasshouse red spider mite

Specific diseases

Verticillium wilt

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Tolerates hard pruning to control size.

Propagation methods

Hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Gerda' (Elder 'Gerda') will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 4m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Coastal, Hedging/Screens, Wildlife, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in humus-rich, moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions including extremely chalky sites.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

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Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Gerda'

Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Gerda' (Elder 'Gerda')

Beautiful flowers end May 2016

(17/06/2010)

Sambucus July 14

(07/10/2010)

(09/10/2011)

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