Zucchini, Courgette, Summer Squash 'Black Beauty'

Cucurbita pepo

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Batesville, Arkansas

Amesti, California

Corralitos, California

Elkhorn, California

Folsom, California

Goleta, California

Interlaken, California

Los Angeles, California

Pajaro, California

Redwood City, California

Ripon, California

San Bernardino, California

Sebastopol, California

Watsonville, 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

Portland, Texas

Tooele, Utah

Grand Mound, Washington

Rochester, Washington

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 17, 2013, Bigfeet from Tullahoma, TN (Zone 7a) 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 megaplant...total 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... read more


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.


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.


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... read more


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.


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...


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

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


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.