Sambucus racemosa 'Plumosa Aurea'

Red-berried elder

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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (18541)

Plant details

The red-berried elder has been cultivated for centuries, both as game cover and as a garden shrub, and is noted for its profuse summer crops of gleaming scarlet berries in large heavy sprays. It is a robust shrub which will grow almost anywhere, including difficult conditions such as waterlogged or very chalky ground. It has produced numerous ornamental varieties, including 'Plumosa Aurea', an elegant and aristocratic elder with deeply cut, brilliant gold foliage seen at its best in light shade in sunny spots, grow 'Sutherland Gold'. Annual pruning by back to groundlevel in early spring ensures the brightest colour.

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Sambucus

Species: racemosa

Cultivar: Plumosa Aurea

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Golden

Feature: Flowers, Fruit, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Moist, Boggy, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to prune: March to April

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