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Sambucus racemosa ‘Sutherland Gold’ (Elderberry)

Elderberry 'Sutherland Gold', Red-Berried Elder 'Sutherland Gold', Red Elderberry 'Sutherland Gold'

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Sambucus racemosa Sutherland Gold, Elderberry Sutherland Gold, Red-Berried Elder 'Sutherland Gold', Red Elderberry 'Sutherland Gold', Gold Foliage
Sambucus racemosa Sutherland Gold, Elderberry Sutherland Gold, Red-Berried Elder 'Sutherland Gold', Red Elderberry 'Sutherland Gold', Gold Foliage
Sambucus racemosa Sutherland Gold, Elderberry Sutherland Gold, Red-Berried Elder 'Sutherland Gold', Red Elderberry 'Sutherland Gold', Gold Foliage

Noted for its golden foliage, Sambucus racemosa ‘Sutherland Gold’ (Elderberry) is a compact, deciduous shrub adorned with a luminous lacy foliage of deeply dissected leaves. Emerging copper-red in spring, the foliage turns attractive gold chartreuse, forming a dense, softly textured focal point in the landscape. In mid-spring, abundant clusters of creamy-white flowers are produced before the leaves. They give way to glossy red fruit that attracts birds in the fall. Colorful from spring through fall, this easy-to-grow shrub requires minimal care to remain healthy and looks wonderful in mixed borders or as a high-impact specimen plant.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 5-10 ft. tall and wide (150-300 cm).
  • Performs best in part shade in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soils. Susceptible to leaf scorch in full sun
  • Excellent choice as a single specimen plant for mixed borders, informal screens, or hedges.
  • May be subject to verticillium wilt, blackfly, and spider mites. Deer resistant.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings or hardwood cuttings.
  • Benefits from hard pruning as a young plant to develop a nice full habit. Older plants can be trimmed after flowering. This plant blooms on old wood, so spring pruning will reduce flower production.
  • All parts may cause discomfort if ingested

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Adoxaceae
Genus Sambucus
Common names Red Elderberry, Elderberry, Elder
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid)
Height 5' - 10'
(150cm - 3m)
Spread 5' - 10'
(150cm - 3m)
Spacing 60" - 120"
(150cm - 3m)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer, Clay Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden
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Sambucus racemosa (Red Elderberry)
Sambucus nigra subsp. caerulea (Blue Elderberry)
Sambucus nigra Black Beauty® (Elderberry)
Sambucus nigra Instant Karma® (Elderberry)
Sambucus canadensis (American Elderberry)
Sambucus nigra Black Lace® (Elderberry)

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Adoxaceae
Genus Sambucus
Common names Red Elderberry, Elderberry, Elder
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid)
Height 5' - 10'
(150cm - 3m)
Spread 5' - 10'
(150cm - 3m)
Spacing 60" - 120"
(150cm - 3m)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer, Clay Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden
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Do I Need?
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