The purple, nearly black colour of this variety of Elder lasts all summer long.
The shrub tolerates half shade, but planting it in full sun, emphasizes the beautiful colour of the foliage.
Its growth is bushy with straight branches.
In May - June, the big, delicate flowers are deep pink, turning light pink and finally white, contrasting well with the dark foliage. They are pleasantly lemon scented.
At the end of summer, the dark purple, later black berries are appreciated by the birds.
BLACK BEAUTY should be planted individually or in free growing shrub-hedges, together with evergreens, for example.
Its purple colouring is a precious asset for colour variations in hedges. Its flowers and berries are of strong ornamental interest.
Tolerates trimming well, keeping it to a moderate size.
Cut back short in early spring by renewing the old branches (only 1/3, in order to obtain flowers on the uncut branches).
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