Yellow-leaved Elder Golden Tower a feast for the eyes in the garden
This beautiful ornamental shrub is a feast for the eyes for every gardener, whether planted in the garden as a solitary or group planting or on the terrace as a pot plant. Sambucus nigra 'Golden Tower’, as it is botanically called, is not yet very common in our gardens. But the yellow-leaved elderberry is not to be underestimated as a colour highlight. With its deeply incised greenish-yellow foliage, it forms a great contrast to the often larger other shrubs in the garden.
Due to its upright, rather slender growth habit, it is admired by garden owners and garden viewers alike. The elder reaches a height of about 150 – 200 cm and is usually about 60 – 90 cm wide, which makes it possible to plant it in a garden on the terrace. As it grows about 30 – 40 cm a year, it quickly becomes an imposing plant in the garden. However, it is not only the growth habit that is attractive, but also the white umbels that underline the beauty of Sambucus nigra 'Golden Tower'. The flowering period is usually in June – July, after which they develop into berries. However, these berries are purely ornamental, because unlike other elderberry varieties, they are not edible.
Optimum location for Sambucus nigra ' Golden Tower'
The Golden Tower is hardy and prefers a sunny to shady location, where it feels most at home. It is quite undemanding when it comes to soil, but likes it to be nutrient-rich and well-drained. Due to its fast growth rate, you should make sure that it has enough space to spread when planting. The yellow-leaved elder Golden Tower is particularly effective when planted in front of a dark background. Planted together with other perennials, it creates an artistic overall picture. Its foliage colour brings a natural freshness to any garden.
Food for bees and other insects
With its pleasant flower scent, the yellow-leaved elderberry Golden Tower attracts many native insects such as bees, bumblebees and butterflies. These insects like to feast on the tasty nectar of the white umbelliferous flowers. These flowers also accentuate the beauty of the rich foliage, making the elderberry a special feature in your garden or on the patio.
It is recommended to plant 1-2 pieces per metre