Sutherland Cutleaf Elder

Sambucus racemosa 'Sutherland Gold'

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Sutherland Cutleaf Elder (Sambucus racemosa 'Sutherland Gold') at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Sutherland Cutleaf Elder foliage

Sutherland Cutleaf Elder foliage

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Sutherland Cutleaf Elder (Sambucus racemosa 'Sutherland Gold') at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Sutherland Cutleaf Elder

Sutherland Cutleaf Elder

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  7 feet

Spread:  7 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a


A refined yet durable garden shrub featuring beautiful golden foliage all season long and creamy white flowers in spring followed by bright red berries; compact and upright habit; though rather coarse in winter; a reliable color accent for the garden.

Ornamental Features

Sutherland Cutleaf Elder features showy clusters of lightly-scented creamy white flowers held atop the branches in mid spring. It has attractive yellow foliage throughout the season. The deeply cut ferny compound leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The red fruits are held in abundance in spectacular clusters in early summer.

Landscape Attributes

Sutherland Cutleaf Elder is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Sutherland Cutleaf Elder is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Sutherland Cutleaf Elder will grow to be about 7 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Naturalizing 
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features