Golden Elder Hedge Plants

General Info Shrub, Wildlife Value
Shade Partial Shade
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas, Scotland & The North
Soil Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry, Wet
Type Hedging, Native, Screening
Ornamental Fragrant, Foliage

Sambucus nigra Aurea

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Sambucus nigra Aurea: Bareroot Golden Elder Hedging Plants

Sambucus nigra Aurea, is probably the best native golden leaved shrub. Apart from the bight leaf colour and flaming-wavy leaf shape, it's functionally the same as the common elderflower, and it makes a tall, shrubby hedge all by itself.
It looks good as the low maintenance back of a border, filling up the edges of woodland, or as part of a windbreak.

We also grow wild elderflower, which is recommended for making elderflower cordial. Browse our range of hedging.

Delivery season: Elders are delivered bareroot during late autumn and winter, approximately November-March inclusive.


  • Height: 4m
  • Soil: Any
  • Use: Informal screening, country garden hedging, back of border
  • Colour: Mass of bright yellow-green foliage
  • Bareroot delivery only: November-March

Growing Golden Elder

It will grow pretty much anywhere. Elder's extreme flexibility and lack of fussiness are famous, but you will get the finest leaf colour with a decent amount of sun.

Pruning your shrubs back in spring keeps lush new foliage coming, which is the main attraction for most people. It also removes flowers and future fruit.

Hard prune in winter to tidy when required.

Spacing a Golden Elder hedge: Plant at 2-3 plants per metre, 33-50cms apart. Wider spacing pays off in time because at either spacing, it's only a matter of time before they make a pretty solid wall. 
It is aggressive and is not recommended for a mixed country hedge. It will never form a tidy, formal hedge and looks best when it is allowed to get a bit overgrown. 

Did You Know?

This variety was recorded in 1883, and there is a likelihood that it is the same plant as S. nigra aurea Dixonii.

  • Small Box

    Small boxes

    (Orders containing seedlings or rooted cuttings)


    including VAT per order

  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


    including VAT per order

  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order

  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


    including VAT per order

  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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