Black Tower Elderberry

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'Black Tower' Elderberry is a stunning, purple shrub that creates multi-seasonal interest with beautiful pink blooms, deep-purple foliage, and blackish-red berries that are enjoyed by wildlife. Deer resistant and easy to grow, 'Black Tower' will thrive in full sun to partial shade. Like all elderberries, this one is a perfect choice for creating a fast-growing hedge or privacy screen. PPAF (Sambucus nigra)
Zones 4 - 9
Attract Butterflies
Attract Birds
Deer Resistant
Good For Hedge / Screen
Easy To Grow
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height 72-96" tall (6-8 feet) , 36-48" wide
Bloom TimeEarly summer
Item Package SizePlant - 4" Pot

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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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.
More Information
Item Package Size
Plant - 4" Pot
Common Name
Black Tower Elderberry PP#23633
Botanical Name
Sambucus nigra Black Tower PP#23633
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color
Flower Size
5-10" flowers
Mature Height
72-96" tall (6-8 feet)
Mature Spread
36-48" wide
Growth Rate
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
Purple-black foliage.
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Sandy Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture
Moist / Wet
Attract Butterflies, Attract Birds, Deer Resistant, Good For Hedge / Screen, Easy To Grow
Ideal Region
Northeast, Midwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Prohibited In
Hawaii, Oregon, Wisconsin
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.
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

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