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Black Tower Elderberry

Pink Elderberry Black Tower, Sambucus racemosa View Larger Image

Regular Price: $39.98

Sale $25.99

per Plant - 4" pot You save: 35%
Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. Learn More…

This stunning, purple shrub creates multi-seasonal interest with beautiful, pink blooms and deep-purple foliage. Elderberry Black Tower is deer resistant and will thrive in full sun to partial shade. PPAF (Sambucus nigra)

Zones 4 - 9
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Birds
Attract Birds
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Hedge / Screen
Hedge / Screen
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 72-96" tall (6-8 feet), 36-48" wide
Bloom Time Early summer
Size Plant - 4" pot

Plant Information

72-96" tall (6-8 feet) x 36-48" wide. A fast-growing, upright shrub with dramatic burgundy foliage, ‘Black Tower’ Elderberry brings a mass of leaves and attractive pink flower clusters to the landscape. Deep purple-red berries follow later in the season, providing food for hungry songbirds who seek shelter within the branches. Elderberries make excellent privacy and wind screens, as they are quick to grow tall and fill out thickly. Tolerant of partial shade and average soils, they are known for their ease of care.
Common Name Black Tower Elderberry PP#23633
Botanical Name Sambucus nigra Black Tower PP#23633
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Pink
Flower Size 5-10" Flowers
Mature Height 72-96" tall (6-8 feet)
Estimated Mature Spread 36-48" wide
Growth Rate Fast
Bloom Time Early summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Purple
Foliage Purple-black foliage.
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Moist/Wet
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Birds, Easy to Grow, Hedge / Screen
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals The leaves and stems are poisonous. According to the Humane Society of America, elderberry can be toxic to pets if consumed.
Prohibited In Hawaii, Oregon, Wisconsin
Ideal Region Northeast, Midwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No


Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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American MeadowsBlack Tower Elderberry

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I love my Black Tower


from nampa idaho

About Me Professional Landscaper


  • Attractive
  • Healthy


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      Comments about American Meadows Black Tower Elderberry:

      It took a few years to get growing quick, but my beautiful elderberry is 8'+ tall and 3' wide. She is a great bloomer, with lots of berries (the animals get them before me).

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


      Maybe Next Year


      from Springfield, VA


      • It Didn't Die


      • It Didn't Bloom
      • It Did Not Bloom

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      • I have no idea

      Comments about American Meadows Black Tower Elderberry:

      I chose American Meadows because I thought I would get a premium product. Not so much. This thing says it will grow to some insane height and width and filled with these beautiful small flowers. I got a 7" green thing that at the very least did not die but is completely underwhelming. I have no idea what will happen next year or in the coming years but if they don't bloom the first couple of years, it would have been nice to know up front.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

      To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

      • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
      • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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