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Sambucus racemosa 'Sutherland Gold' (Elderberry)

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


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 an attractive gold chartreuse and forms 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 glasshouse red spider mite. 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

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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 Sambucus - Elder
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid)
Height 5' – 10' (150cm – 3m)
Spread 5' – 10' (150cm – 3m)
Spacing 60" – 120" (150cm – 300cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance 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 Clay Soil, Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


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 Sambucus - Elder
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid)
Height 5' – 10' (150cm – 3m)
Spread 5' – 10' (150cm – 3m)
Spacing 60" – 120" (150cm – 300cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance 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 Clay Soil, Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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