Sambucus nigra 'Aurea' | Golden Elder | Bareroot Hedge Plants
Delivery & Guarantee
Golden Elder Hedge Plants - Delivered by Mail Order from the Nursery with a 1 Year Guarantee
Golden Elder, Sambucus nigra Aurea, is a large native shrub with yellowy-green leaves. It can be used as a rough country hedging plant and it will grow in any soil, including damp sites. Golden Elder can reach 4 metres tall. You can also buy Common Elder trees here.
Golden Elder hedge plants are only delivered bareroot, during winter (Nov-March). All our hedge plants are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).
Spacing a Golden Elder hedge: Plant Golden Elder hedging at 2-3 plants per metre, 33-50cms apart. This plant is aggressive and is not recommended for a mixed hedge. It will never form a tidy, formal hedge and looks best when it is allowed to get a bit overgrown.
General description of Golden Elder plants: Sambucus nigra Aurea, is probably the best native golden leaved shrub. Apart from the leaf colour, it's the same as the common elderflower and it can also be used to make elderflower cordial. It will grow pretty much anywhere and looks good at the back of a border, on the edge of woodland or as a low part of a windbreak.
History & uses of Sambucus nigra Aurea: This variety was bred in the 1880's. It has won an RHS Award of Garden Merit. Both the flowers and fruit can be used to make beverages.
Delivery: The basic delivery charge for orders of bareroot plants is £9.49 + vat, which increases to £12.55 + vat if you add any pot-grown plants, standard trees or fruit trees to the order. Because couriers sometimes experience delays, we schedule delivery by week, not by day. Therefore, please plan your planting day for the weekend at the end of the delivery week or for the week following delivery, at the earliest. You can choose the delivery week that suits you during checkout and we will email you the day before your plants are due to arrive.
Payment: We do not charge your card until we begin to prepare your order for packing.
Guarantee: If any plants die within a year, we will replace them. We only ask that you follow our planting & growing instructions and sent us clear photographs of the dead plants in situ, so we can help to make sure that the replacement plants succeed. You only pay for the delivery of the replacements.
Please note that our guarantee is void if there is a hosepipe ban in your area: your newly planted hedging must be watered in dry weather while it is establishing. The best way to water is very thoroughly every few days: at least once a week if there is no heavy rain.
Our nursery has been supplying container grown and bareroot hedging plants to gardeners, farmers and town planners since 1949. Our website started in 2003, so we do understand the concerns that you may have about buying hedging plants online. If any of your plants are damaged when they arrive or if you are otherwise not satisfied with your order after you inspect it, please repackage it and contact us. We will give you a refund or send replacements and send a courier to come and collect the unwanted plants.