Yellow blooms in mid to late summer complete the show!

Sutherland Gold Golden Elder

4-inch Pot
Item # 47399
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Sambucus racemosa Sutherland Gold

A great improvement for this very popular plant!
Every season is beautiful with this easy-to-grow, lush, golden-dappled shrub for the partly shaded garden! In spring, the leaves unfurl as bright and shiny as new pennies, copper-red and glistening. As the weather warms, they turn a vivid green-and-gold, topped in mid- to late summer by bright yellow blooms held in large clusters. In fall, the foliage keeps its beautiful variegation, shining among the reds and bronzes of the autumn garden. Stunning!

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.

Genus Sambucus
Species racemosa
Variety Sutherland Gold
Item Form 4-inch Pot
Zone 4 - 7
Bloom Season Mid Summer
Habit Mound-shaped
Plant Height 5 ft - 10 ft
Additional Characteristics Flower, Variegated
Bloom Color Yellow
Foliage Color Gold
Light Requirements Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Ornamental
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.


Zones 4-7

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