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Sambucus racemosa 'Sutherland Gold' (Elder, 'Sutherland Gold') Herb Plant


Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Elder 'Sutherland Gold' (Sambucus  racemosa 'Sutherland Gold') Herb in 1 litre Pot 

The elder, or Sambucus racemosa 'Sutherland Gol' is a beautiful deciduous shrub which can grow to 2.5m tall. Elder is a native to Britain and Europe, the Sambucus racemosa or European Red elder will flourish in a British climate. This hardy gold feathery-leaved variety will add seasonal interest to the garden with its distinctive fine-leaved gold foliage and flat white flower heads in early summer, followed by dark purple berries in the autumn. 

Preferring well-drained, humus rich soil, elder will do well in sun or partial shade, and will need to be cut back in late autumn to prevent it from becoming too dominant in a garden setting.Plants will last for many years in the garden, and make a good hedging plant too. Height and spread: 2.5m (8.2').

Herb Usage

The flowers and berries can be harvested before they fade and used in cooking: use the flowers to make Elderflower cordial or add flowers to gooseberries , fritters and sorbets to add flavour. The berries are added to blackberry jam or made into a syrup for treating colds. They can also be made into a wine. this particular variety is best grown for its interesting foliage. 

CAUTION: All parts of the fresh plant are toxic and flowers and berries can only be used once cooked.

Buy Elder 'Sutherland Gold'Online

Our Elder 'Sutherland Gold' herb plants are generally available to buy online between March and September.



Sambucus racemosa 'Sutherland Gold' (Elder, 'Sutherland Gold') Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun
Soil Type Moist well-drained soil
Flower Colour White
Height 5m+
Spread 5m+
Latin Name Sambucus nigra ' Black Lace'
Hardiness RHS rating H4 - Hardy average winter
Culinary Desserts/Drinks
Scented None
Medicinal/Cosmetic None
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Autumn
Special Features Architectural
Type of Garden Cottage/Informal