Golden Elderberry Bush (Sambucus canadensis ‘Aurea’)

Golden Elderberry Bush

Golden Elder Elderberry is a fast-growing shrub with several ornamental features. These would look outstanding in your yard as a shrub border or in a naturalized area. Your Golden Elder Elderberry is lovely even when not in bloom or in fruit.

The foliage features a handsome, yellow to golden-green hue that will maintain its color throughout the season. Fragrant, star-shaped tiny blossoms cluster together to form flat-topped bouquets in spring, a dressy accompaniment to the lively foliage.

As summer progressing into fall, the red drupes ripen, awaiting your harvest (or that of your yard’s wildlife). The fruit makes outstanding pies, jam and wine or can be left on the shrub for the nutritional value it holds for wildlife into the winter months.

Golden Elderberry is a deciduous shrub that has a broad, rounded shape and is tolerant of a variety of conditions. However, the color of your Golden Elder foliage will be best if you plant it in full sun and in moist soils.

Overall, the Golden Elder Elderberry is hardy shrub with a lot of ornamental interest, but requiring little or no care.

  • Fast-Growing and Hardy
  • Lovely Flowers
  • Decorative Foliage
  • Red Fruit

Golden Elderberry Bush (Sambucus canadensis ‘Aurea’) Details

Common name Golden Elderberry Bush
Botanical name Sambucus canadensis 'Aurea'
Hardiness zone 3-9
Growth rate Fast
Height 8 - 10 ft.
Width 8 - 12 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Soil condition Widely Adaptable
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Flower color White
Leaf color Golden Yellow