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Sambucus racemosa 'Sutherland Gold' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

All parts may cause discomfort if ingested

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Cream in Spring

Foliage

Yellow in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Fruit

Red in Summer

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

European red elder 'Sutherland Gold'

Family

Adoxaceae


Sambucus can be herbaceous perennials, deciduous shrubs or small trees, with pinnate leaves and umbels or panicles of small creamy-white flowers followed by red, white or black berries

'Sutherland Gold' is a medium-sized deciduous shrub with attractively dissected, bright golden-yellow, pinnate leaves. Small conical heads of creamy-white flowers followed by glossy red berries, seldom freely-borne

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Easy to grow in moderately fertile, humous rich, moist but well-drained soils and also thrives on extremely chalky sites. Susceptible to leaf scorch in full sun

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by softwood or hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Coastal, Low Maintenance, Hedging/Screens or Wildlife Gardens


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1 or coppice every 3 to 4 years. Tolerates hard size-restricting pruning

Pests

Can get blackfly and glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

May be subject to verticillium wilt