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Sambucus Sutherland gold

I have a sambucus Sutherland gold in my garden. It is about 2 years old and has been lovely so far.

This year it got it's flower but instead of becoming leaves they have turned brown and dry and are falling off.

I'm not sure whether to cut it back or leave it to see what happens.

Does anyone have a similar experience or have any advice?



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295

    a lot of new leaves got frosted last week. Did you have a couple of nights with frost?

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Hortum-cretaeHortum-cretae Posts: 979

    That's what I'd expect is the reason behind the damage. Sutherland Gold is a toughie, even in in hot sun, so I'd suspect the frost is the culprit.


    Last edited: 05 May 2017 14:14:40

  • We had a long dry spell, followed by a few nights of frost.

    If it is frost damage, will it recover?

    Should I prune it back to give it more of a chance, or just watch and wait?

  • Hortum-cretaeHortum-cretae Posts: 979

    Watch and wait. It's an elder and should be tough enough to wear the damage and regrow. Some things (acers for example) lose the soft new growth which dies back and they then keep dying back into good wood.  Elder should be strong enough. 


  • Thanks so much x

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