Sutherland Gold Golden Elder
Sambucus racemosa Sutherland Gold
Golden Elder is a popular garden plant, and no wonder -- it rapidly grows 5 to 10 feet tall and wide, with a carefree constitution that puts up with a lot of stress. Many yellow-leaved varieties tend to "green out" in the heat of summer, but Sutherland Gold holds its radiant tones right through fall!
A fine choice for a foundation planting, barrier, accent, or rear of the border standout, Sutherland Gold makes everything around it shine just a little more intensely. If you love Elders, be sure to combine Sutherland Gold with its stunning dark-leaved cousin, Black Beauty! It is also a fine neighbor to green- and burgundy-leaved plants in the partly shaded garden.
Space these plants 5 to 10 feet apart for solid coverage, and be sure to cut them to about a foot from the ground in late winter. They'll come back bushier and better than ever before -- and in less time than you would have believed possible! Enjoy this friendly shrub. Zones 4-7.
|Item Form||4-inch Pot|
|Zone||4 - 7|
|Bloom Season||Mid Summer|
|Plant Height||5 ft - 10 ft|
|Additional Characteristics||Flower, Variegated|
|Light Requirements||Part Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Soil Tolerance||Normal, loamy|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|
Plant in sun or shade; the more sun, the denser the foliage, flower and fruit. Sambucus is not fussy about soil, but does best in a moisture-retentive loam enriched with organic matter.
Mulch after planting and thereafter in spring to help retain moisture and maintain a cool root run. Water during periods of drought. Each year, in late winter, prune back to 12 to 14 inches or where ample buds are present to produce vigorous spring growth.
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