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Sambucus racemosa - 'Plumosa Aurea' (Cut Leaf Elder)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Deciduous, Flowering
Form Rounded Multi-Stemmed Bush, Architectural Form
Size Large Border / Screening Plant (1.8 to 3m height)
Colours White Flowers (Summer early), Golden Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Sambucus racemosa Description

This multi-stemmed deciduous shrub produces a impressive display of finely cut golden foliage, as well as large plates of white blossom during early summer.

Sambucus racemosa - Cultivation Notes

Sambucus will survive in all but the poorest soils, whether chalk, clay or sand. The golden or variegated forms will prefer a sheltered position in full sun where foliage will remain all the more golden. May become leggy with age and many prefer to cut back in late winter to encourage compact growth. Mulch with compost every fee years to feed.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Sambucus racemosa:

  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Design & Plant Use for Sambucus racemosa:

  • Tall summer flowering shrub suitable for back of border planting
  • Ideal flowering shrub for problem clay soils

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Common Missspellings: Sambucas, Sambucis, Sambuecus, Sambuces

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