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Sambucus Nigra ‘Gerda’ – Black Beauty Elder

Sambucus

 

This gorgeous shrub deserves a place in every garden, providing you can give it plenty of room!  It is often seen planted in tiny beds where it surely becomes a problem as it outgrows its space.  Dark foliage turns from green-purple to purple-black as it ages. Masses of tiny, robust pink flower clusters cover the plant in mid-summer.  These flower clusters form dark purple berries which are a rich food source for birds and wildlife.  The berries can also be used to make wine and cordial.  Cheers!

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