Sambucus racemosa 'Sutherland Gold '
Golden Elder
 
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Family: Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae)
Native Habitat: Europe, Western Asia

 

'Sutherland Gold' is a truly beautiful foliage plant. The large, compound leaves are bright-golden and have deeply incised leaflets. Unlike other varieties of golden-leaved Elderberries, the leaves of 'Sutherland Gold' will not burn in the afternoon sun. Spring-time foliage and new growth forced by hard pruning other times of the year is especially colorful: bright golden and dramatically suffused with red and orange. It's a vigorous grower that's best kept in check by occasional pruning, which in this case if fortuitous. Go ahead and have at it hard with the shears in mid-summer when it's looking a bit tired. The resultant new growth will fabulously bright.

Unlike our native Elderberry, Sambucus canadensis, flowers for Sutherland are almost an afterthought. It does flower lightly in spring and occasionally produces a few red berries but don't plan any Elderberry jam production unless you collect your berries from our native plants instead.

Ornamental Characteristics:
Deeply-cut, bright-golden foliage.
Habit & Growth Rate:
Medium to fast growth rate. 5 to 6 ft. high x 3 to 5 ft. wide.
Landscape Uses: Foundation plantings, shrub border, mixed border. Deer resistant.
Hardiness: Zone 4 to 6 or 7.
Culture:
Easily grown in average garden soil. Full sun to light shade. Foliage color brightest in full sun. Prune regularly to keep in bounds. Foliage produced by hard pruning in especially bright.
Awards: Award of Garden Merit, Royal Horticultural Society