This Elderberry is a cultivar called “Aurea” because of it’s golden foliage and large clusters of flowers. It has great colour contrast in the landscape and produces a lovely crop of berries. Avoid planting in full sun as sometimes the leaves will burn. Part sun is best.
Elderberry is an amazing shrub, offering so much to birds, pollinators, and our immune systems. It has medicinal anti-viral compounds that make it one of the best remedies in cold and flu season. The berries are delicious when processed and should not be eaten raw. They make great syrup, jelly, pie, and wine. The flowers are great in a summer cooling tea, and the berries are absolutely loved by birds. Hardy to zone 3 and will grow to a maximum height of 12 ft. This shrub doesn’t mind wet feet but will also grow ferociously in regular garden soil!
|Latin name||Sambucus canadensis “Aurea”|
|Sun Requirements||Full sun, part shade|
|Average year to bear fruit||3|
|Soil||Tolerant of all, but will require supplemental deep watering in well draining soils|
|Pollination||Self fertile but will produce more fruit with cross pollination|