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Sambucus canadensis ‘Aurea’ Family: Caprifoliaceae
(sam-BOO-kus kan-ah-DEN-sis)
syn. Sambucus canadensis aurea

Common name: golden American elderberry
Zone: 4 – 7
Height: 8-12 ft (2.4-3.6m) Spread: 5-8 ft (1.5-2.4m)
Aspect: full sun; partial shade
Soil: fertile; moist; well-draining
Water: moderate

Description: Description: A deciduous shrub with an upright growth habit. Foliage is yellow to yellow-green. Masses of creamy white flowers appear in late spring or early summer followed by red berries in late summer. Berries are edible if cooked.


Special Notes: Native to eastern North America. Foliage will be more yellow in full sun. Drought tolerant once established. Plant benefits from an initial hard pruning in late winter or early spring if a fuller shape is desired. If garden space dictates keeping this shrub within boundaries, prune on a two or three year cycle as flowers are born on two year old stems. Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer; hardwood cuttings in late winter.


Sambucus genus – Herb of the Year 2013



Posted on May 12, 2013