Richard Thomas wrote:
>>> Hello - I'm new to the group and wondered whether anyone could assist me
>> with the names of some (if any) black shrubs or bushes.
>>>> The nearest I have at the moment is Sambucus nigra, which I believe has dark
>> purple foliage and pink flowers.
>>>> Are there any hardy black shrubs available, preferably non-flowering
>>>> Many thanks
>> Hope someone can help
Sambucus nigra is the elder tree, however if you ask your garden
centre for one you will get a tree with green leaves, white flowers
and black berries. Presumeably the specific epithet nigra refres to
the berries. If you want a dark leaved form then you should look out
for S.nigra 'Guincho Purple'. According to the RHS Encyclopedia of
Plants & Flowers, "dark green foliage... matures to deep
blackish-purple". It still flowers with purple/white blossom