New growth begins fiery copper-red, changes to golden yellow and remains lime green for the rest of the summer. Clusters of red berries form in fall, attracting birds to the garden. Reaches 5-10' high with an equal spread. Shipped in 4" pots. Sambucus racemosa 'Sutherland Gold'
Deer tend to avoid.
Botanical Name: Sambucus racemosa 'Sutherland Gold'
Common Name: European Red Elder
Form: Deciduous shrub
Root System: Fibrous
Sun Exposure: Partial Shade/Full Sun
Height/Habit: 5 - 10'
Spread: 5 - 10'
Spacing: 5 - 10'
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8
Flowering Date: Late spring to mid summer
Duration: 2 - 3 weeks.
Type of Fruit: Clusters of red berries in late summer to early fall.
Cut Flowers: No
Dried Flowers: No
Shipping Season: Fall
Unique Characterstics: Delicate, finely cut foliage and graceful growing habit make this an ideal feature presentation for your landscape or garden. Enjoy the color show beginning in spring with the emergence of beautiful copper-red new growth that fades to golden yellow then settles into a lime-green for summer. The red fruits appear in late summer but are too tart for humans and the seeds are poisonous. The seeds can be seived out to create a nice sweet but tart jelly. Or leave them to the birds to enjoy.
Flower Color: Creamy White.
Flower Form: Dense umbel-like cymes made up of dozens of tiny star-like flowers.
Foliage Type: Deeply cut, pinnate leaves. New growth emerges copper-red, fades to a golden yellow then settles into a lime-green for summer.
Pruning: Can spread by suckering, remove to control growth, also prune to almost ground level in late fall to keep in nice shape and size.
Pruning Time: Late fall or early spring.
Soil Requirement: Humus rich, moist well drained soil.
Additional Information: Received the Award of Garden Merit from the RHS.
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"This plant has survived all the challenges my gardens offer: Deer, pests, rabbits,harsh winters, lack of sun and even the huge Black Walnut tree living next door. It is a fast grower and the color stands out in the garden. I have 3 Sutherland Gold now."
"When my plant arrived it look like it took a beating in the process of being mailed. So I nurtured it the best way I knew how. But, still, it died. I was in denial and kept watering it and sure enough it grew another baby out from the little stump. That baby is three feet tall and growing strong and beautiful."
"Exceptionally fast growth, dense, vase shape without a lot of pruning. Needs fertilizer in early spring for best color. Deer will not eat it- all parts are poisonous except for ripe berries. Needs ample water at all times for best growth. Do not plant near sidewalks, driveways, or foundations. Roots are very strong and will crack concrete. Hardy to about 8500 feet elevations. Pest free, desease free, and nearly maintenance free. Does not suffer from breakage with heavy snow. Best fruiting if pollinated by another nearby Elderberry (within 25 feet)"