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DESCRIPTION: A large, fast growing shrub featuring golden foliage all season long and attractive clusters of small, white flowers in spring followed by bright red berries. Very adaptable; survives with minimal care but tends to sucker.
BOTANICAL NAME: Sambucus canadensis 'Aurea'
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 3 Meters
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 2.5 Meters
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun
FLOWER COLOUR: White
FLOWERING TIME: Summer
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Golden yellow - lime green
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 3 ( Should survive up to -39.9° Celsius )
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: Attractive Foliage, Attracts Birds & Butterflies
Golden Elder features showy clusters of lightly-scented creamy white flowers held atop the branches in early summer. It has attractive yellow foliage throughout the season. The compound leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The red fruits are held in clusters in early fall.
Golden Elder is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.
This is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration:
Golden Elder is recommended for the following landscape applications:
Planting & Growing
Golden Elder will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.
*We must be contacted within 7 days of delivery and plants must be taken care of, unplanted and watered until we can pick them up.
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