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Golden Elderberry Sambucus canadensis 'Aurea'
​​The Golden Elder is a deciduous shrub that is sure to add bright color to any landscape. The foliage consists of golden yellow leaves that retain their bright color throughout the growing season. The leaves are pinnate with serrated leaflets adding nice texture to the garden landscape. The plant also produces clusters of fragrant tiny white flowers in mid August that are later followed by red berries that are enjoyed by the birds.
 I have a few in my yard and can attest to its rapid growth. They grew 7-8 feet over the summer and are starting to come into flower now. On average the Golden Elder will grow 5-12 feet tall and 6-8 feet across. To keep the shrub looking dense, and compact it should be pruned each year in the spring before the leaves break out. If they are not pruned they can become scraggly. You can cut them right back to within a few buds from the ground and this will encourage lots of colorful new growth. Fertilize with a tree and shrub fertilizer in late May- early June and then once again in mid to late July. This showy plant is perfect for anyone who is looking for something that grows quickly. It is also great if you want to invite birds into the yard as they enjoy eating the berries. Humans can eat the berries too, however this is not the tastiest of elderberry varieties and is used more for color contrast and fragrance in the landscape. It is hardy to zone 3 and grows very well in our area.

  • Bright golden yellow foliage
  • Hardy and easy to grow
  • Edible fruit for jellies and pies
  • ​​Max Elevation 8,000ft

Height: 5-12ft 

Spread: 6-8ft