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Cucurbita pepo 'Black Beauty'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: pepo (PEP-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Black Beauty

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Zucchini (summer)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Days to Maturity:
51 to 60 days

Mature Skin Color:
Medium Green

Less than 1 pound (0.5 kg)


Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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8 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Bigfeet On Mar 17, 2013, Bigfeet from Pueblo, CO wrote:

Grew 2012 in north Pueblo, Co (5a?), raised bed garbage high pH clay soil amended with peatmoss, composted manure and generic slow-release granules. Drip irrigation.

Abundant, fast crops, considering the windy arid clime. Three vines in a hill formed a six-foot-diameter summer harvest was EASILY100+ large squash 8-10" long (hard to estimate, about a 40% given away. The large, dark green leaves got some graying+fraying in the relentless wind and heat).

Tasty, sweet flesh with minimal seeds. Left unattended over a long 3-4 day weekend, we would often return to 14-16+" squash! Those got airy/spongy in the center and required seed-scooping, but the meat was still firm and delicious.

The leaves wilted every afternoon in scalding sun and +100F temperatures, but recovered with morning watering just fine. They often looked whitish on the perimeter, but it wasn't powdery mildew (I think) and didn't seem to affect anything as far as I can tell. End result: "too many" delicious summer squash.

Positive hmbgerl On Jun 16, 2010, hmbgerl from Folsom, CA wrote:

Fast growing foliage with lots of zucchini to harvest. If you want to decrease the harvest, pick the blossoms. There are a bunch of recipes for zucchini blossoms online. After 4 weeks, we had lots of aphids but used ladybugs to get rid of them.

Positive DMgardener On Oct 11, 2009, DMgardener from (Daniel) Mount Orab, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

By far, this is the largest fruit in my Squash Garden! The length at maturity(seed bearing size) can be as large as 3'!!! The plant is very immune to all problems of squash, usually the last to die in August. Taste is average.

Positive kmom246 On Jul 23, 2007, kmom246 from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Needs a bit more water here in the High Desert than when I grew it in Georgia years ago. But then everything takes more water here. Unlike some items in the vegetable garden, this one can take the "full desert sun" in the middle of summer. It just grows faster. You REALLY have to keep up with the picking, here.

Because we are so dry here, I did a germination experiment - the seeds that were watered once a day in the evening did not germinate (same soil, same sun exposure), but the ones that were watered twice a day - once in the evening and once in the late afternoon (both sets were watered with tepid water), sprouted in 4 days. From germination to first male flower was 32 days. First fruit at 40 days. (By the way, I found the twice a day watering for seed germination vital to all direct sown seeds here: sunflowers, squash, beans. Only the black eye peas seemed to germinated no matter what I did to them, even missing a few days of watering.)

I don't have a very sophisticated palet - tastes like fresh zucchini to me - nothing fancy - but tasty raw right from the vine.

Positive garden_mom On Jul 3, 2007, garden_mom from Bigelow, AR wrote:

Black Beauty did very well for me in humid 7b. Vigorous plant, heavy bearer, pick when small, good flavor. I did prefer the flavor of Seneca Zucchini, however.

Positive kyle_and_erika On Jun 10, 2006, kyle_and_erika from Batesville, AR wrote:

I grew several of these plants last year and was impressed with the yield and vigour. They yielded from early till late. I got sick of picking it. Left on the vine it will get huge - in excess of three feet.

I cant really comment on the flavor - I did cook a few dishes with it. It tasted like zucchini...

Positive Big_Red On Jun 19, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Very prolific, if you like zucchini, you gotta like this one!

Positive Farmerdill On May 20, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 1957 black green open pollinated zucchini from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, Storrs, Connecticut. An early and productive dark green zuccini which is similar to Burpees Improved Fordhook. It apparently is still available.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Batesville, Arkansas
Amesti, California
Folsom, California
Goleta, California
Los Angeles, California
Redwood City, California
Ripon, California
San Bernardino, California
Sebastopol, California
Pueblo, Colorado
Williston, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Conyers, Georgia
Athens, Illinois
Fults, Illinois
Bethelridge, Kentucky
Zimmerman, Minnesota
Silver Springs, Nevada
Salisbury, New Hampshire
Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey
Saratoga Springs, New York
Durham, North Carolina
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Tooele, Utah
Grand Mound, Washington
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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