American Gold Rush Black-Eyed Susan Tree

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Summer into Fall
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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American Gold Rush Black-Eyed Susan

Rudbeckia 'American Gold Rush' PP28,498
You’ll be rich in gold blossoms with this coveted new selection.
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You’ll feel as though you struck gold when you discover this valuable Spirit. It’s a new selection that’s bound to be a treasure! American Gold Rush Black-Eyed Susan fills your sunny borders with masses of radiant flowers over a long period in summer. The 24-karat daisies gleam in the sunshine, their mahogany centers making a bold contrast to the solid gold petals. Gold Rush is easy to grow and trouble-free, yet it gives you weeks of glorious color and dapper, clean foliage that remains handsome all season. An excellent return on your investment.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Summer into Fall
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

The Story

This species of Black-Eyed Susan is a native wildflower that grows throughout much of the eastern U.S., from Massachusetts to Florida and as far west as Wisconsin. It provides nectar and pollen for insects, and for that reason, it’s a must for meadow gardens and for wildlife-friendly spaces of all types. American Gold Rush is a newly developed form of Black-Eyed Susan which is valued for its superior disease resistance. Its leaves stay clean and spot-free, even in hot, humid climates. It was introduced by Wisconsin nurseryman Brent Horvath of Intrinsic Perennials in 2015.

The Details

Under favorable conditions, American Gold Rush Black-Eyed Susan will spread, giving you extra blooms that you can use to make wonderful bouquets for the table. The stems are long enough to make perfect cut flowers. Cutting them will encourage new flower buds to form, so more blossoms will follow. 

How to Grow

American Gold Rush is an adaptable, easy-going Spirit, but does best in a full-sun position in rich but well-drained soil. Water it regularly—about once a week if there’s no rain. The bloom period may be extended by diligent deadheading (trimming the spent flowers off). You may want to leave the end-of-season seed heads standing over the winter for visual interest. Cut all dead stems and foliage back before growth resumes in spring. Black-Eyed Susans love heat and may be slow to get started in the spring.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 1.5 to 2 feet
Avg Mature Width 1.5 to 2 feet
Leaf Color Green
Flower Color Bright Yellow-Gold
Bloom Time Summer into Fall
Attracts Butterflies Yes
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use Yes

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