• Hardy
  • Canadian Grown
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  • Shipped in ON, QC, NB, NS, PE


Sambucus racemosa 'Welsh Gold' ('Sunrise Surprise')

Welsh Gold Red Elderberry, Sunrise Surprise Golden Elder

Main interest:
showy cut foliage, highly ornamental cluster of red fruits, compact habit, low maintenance
full sun to partial shade
Soil humidity:
moist soil
Flower colour:
Flowering period:
fluorescent yellow-green
USDA Hardiness:
zone 4a: -34.5 °C (-30 °F) View Zone Map
Mature height & width (max.):
height: 3.5 ft (1.05 m) width: 2.5 ft (0.75 m)
specimen, low hedge, foundation

A highly ornamental shrub, Sambucus racemosa 'Welsh Gold' (Red Elderberry) has fantastic, showy foliage. The acutely serrated, lacy leaves are a deep fluorescent yellow-green. The contrasting white flowers bloom in early summer, followed by clusters of bright red berries in the fall. It is a stunning shrub from summer to late fall.

The clusters of bright berries are loved by birds. (While edible, they should be thoroughly cooked before human consumption, or they may cause gastric distress. Please note that all parts of this plant can be toxic to all mammals, although most are not attracted to it.)

Welsh Gold Elder or Sunrise Surprise Elder (Sambucus racemosa 'Sunrise Surprise') has an excellent, upright, compact form, growing to 3.5 feet tall and 2.5 feet wide. It’s the perfect plant for borders, low hedges or foundation plantings, as well as a wonderful planter accent. Best grown in sun and moist, well drained soil. Prune hard in the early years to promote strong, bushy growth.

Please use availability information as a guide only. The weather is a fickle thing, and impacts when our plants are actually available for shipping. Please be aware that we are not answering emails regarding plants availability. The best advice we can give you is to check back once in a while, choose a size option and check the current stock.


Ships ON, QC, NB, PE, NS

Synonym(s): Sambucus racemosa 'Walfinb', Sambucus racemosa 'Sunrise Surprise'

Also known as: Gold Elder, Sunrise Surprise Elder, Lace Elder, Lace Elderberry, Welsh Gold Elder, Walfinb Elder, Red-berried Elder, Red Elderberry, Red elderberry, Red-berry elder, Red Elder, Scarlet elderberry, Coastal Red Elderberry, European Red Elderberry, Dwarf Elderberry, Compact Elderberry, Yellow Elderberry, Yellow-leaved Elderberry

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