Morden Golden Glow Elder

Sambucus racemosa 'Morden Golden Glow'

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Morden Golden Glow Elder (Sambucus racemosa 'Morden Golden Glow') at Jensen's Nursery & Landscaping

Morden Golden Glow Elder foliage

Morden Golden Glow Elder foliage

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Morden Golden Glow Elder (Sambucus racemosa 'Morden Golden Glow') at Jensen's Nursery & Landscaping

Morden Golden Glow Elder

Morden Golden Glow Elder

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Other Names:  European Red Elder


A durable garden shrub featuring beautiful golden foliage that ages to a rich green; creamy white flowers in spring followed by bright red berries in fall; a compact mounded habit; a reliable color accent for the garden

Ornamental Features

Morden Golden Glow Elder features showy clusters of lightly-scented creamy white flowers held atop the branches in mid spring. It has attractive green-variegated gold foliage which emerges antique red in spring. The deeply cut ferny compound leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The red fruits are held in abundance in spectacular clusters in early fall.

Landscape Attributes

Morden Golden Glow Elder is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Disease

Morden Golden Glow Elder is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Morden Golden Glow Elder will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Naturalizing 
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features


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