Sambucus racemosa plumosa aurea


An arching bushy evergreen shrub with bronze leaves when young, turning golden yellow as they mature, seen at its best in dappled shade. Small creamy flowers in late spring to early summer, followed by glossy red fruit, providing year round interest, and a good source of food for wildlife. All parts of this plant are toxic if eaten.

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This deciduous, bushy shrub transforms its hue as it ages. Sambucus plumosa Aurea starts off with fine, bronze leaves, before turning a golden-yellow shade – great for introducing bright colour to a shady area. Producing small, light yellow flowers in spring and following up with shiny red berries, it’s an ideal shrub if you’re on the lookout for mixed border plants with a difference. Can grow up to 3m in height and spread. Prune in spring and coppice every three to four years to constrain its size.

Pot size: 3L

Position: Part shade

Soil: Any well drained soil

Rate of growth: Moderate

Flowering period: Late Spring

Hardiness: Hardy

Eventual height & spread: 2.5m x 2.5m