Sutherland Gold Elderberry

Sambucus racemosa 'Sutherland Gold'

Bright gold toothy foliage makes a striking spring statement and greens beautifully as the season progresses. Dome-shaped clusters of creamy white flowers in late spring are followed by showy clusters of red berries in fall. A beautiful addition to wildlife gardens that will beckon song birds to the garden as berries ripen.
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Water regularly- weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationsam-BYOO-kus ray-see-MO-suh
LoreAccording to the Humane Society of America, Sambucus leaves, bark, roots, and buds can be toxic to pets. Sambucus berries can be harvested for cooked jellies, but can be toxic if eaten raw, or if seeds are consumed.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growth, reaching 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSpring, followed by berries in fall.
Design IdeasThis distinctive golden, elderberry foliage looks wonderful in mixed borders or as a high-impact specimen plant. Plant with black or purple-leaved plants for superb contrast.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorYellow
Garden StyleRustic
Growth HabitMounding, Rounded
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Hedge, Mass Planting, Specimen, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly- weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsSmoke Tree (Cotinus); Chokeberry (Aronia); Rose (Rosa); Snowberry (Symphoricarpos); Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)

Adaptable to most well-drained soils. Requires less frequent watering when established. Tolerates full sun in northern climates, prefers light shade in more southern areas. Hard prune young plants to develop a nice full habit. Blooms on old wood; trim established plants just after flowering.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-8

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