Sambucus racemosa 'PLUMOSA AUREA'

Sambucus racemosa
Sambucus racemosa 'PLUMOSA AUREA'
cut leaf red-berried elder
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1-3m
USUAL WIDTH 1-2m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES +multicoloured:yellow a light green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Aren’t the breeders krafty, I often say to myself. Take European elder, for instance. This omnipresent shrub grows anywhere, without any maintenance and the more you prune it the thicker it gets. Well, what a promising start for cultivation, someone said. And here we are! So forget this common weed of our countryside and dive into the world of SAMBUCUS, the world of colours, shapes and sizes that, with 10 different varieties, could well do for one complete garden.

Plumosa Aurea is an attractive variety of red-berried elder. It has striking foliage that will perfectly contrast with dark green or purple-leaved shrubs. The deciduous, pinnate leaves are finely cut and may look like a short fern frond. Their colour is bright golden yellow with bronze tips when they emerge, changing to fresh yellow-green in summer. This variety is not known to flower.

It grows quite vigorously if you regularly prune it every spring. By cutting it back you will gain an elegant, dense shrub with plentiful of new branches and healthy, bright coloured foliage. It tolerates any soil and location but for best results grow it in full sun in moist, humus-rich soil. Fully hardy to approx. -34°C (USDA zone 4).

Last update 15-03-2010
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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