Cricket Hill Garden
Sambucus, 'Aurea' elderberry
Sambucus canadensis 'Aurea'
Variety description: This selection of the native north eastern elderberry has golden to yellow-green foliage. Plant in a shadier location for best foliage effect, as the leaves may burn in the full sun. Site requirements are the same for any other canadensis elderberry. This ornamental cultivar also bears a delicious and nutritious crop of berries.
Site requirements: Elderberries grow best in a full sun location with fertile, moist soil. In the wild, they are often found on the margins of swamps and the edges of ponds. They are quite adaptable and will grow in poor, drier sites provided that the roots are well mulched.
Size at maturity: Multi-stemmed shrub reaches 6-12'.
Pollination: Partially self-fertile, though yields are increased with another cultivar of S. canadensis
Pests and diseases: No insects or diseases are of concern in the Northeast. Birds relish elderberries and will strip berry clusters clean if shrubs are not netted.
Hardiness: Will grow in USDA zones 3-9.
Plant size: Well rooted plant, 1 qt. pot, about 18" tall with a well developed root system. Will likely produce fruit the second season in the ground if given good care.
When we ship: SPRING 2023.