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Elderberry Sambucus racemosa Lemony Lace™
Elderberry Sambucus racemosa Lemony Laceâ„¢

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Foliage interest. Fall interest. Deer resistant. Native to America. A bright and stylish plant with an easy-going nature.

Ever wish our popular Black Lace elderberry came in a sunny bright yellow? We are happy to oblige: Lemony Lace offers finely dissected foliage but in a cheery gold color to really light up your landscape. This North American native produces big clusters of white flowers in early spring before the foliage emerges, then bright yellow leaves take over, edged in red. As the foliage ages, it turns an attractive chartreuse. Though it is a large plant, it can be pruned to stay smaller if you'd like. The bright red fruit is appealing but not considered edible. In theory you can eat it after boiling, but we think you'd need to be pretty hungry to try it. If you really want to up the ornamental appeal of your elderberry offerings, check out our new variegated variety, Instant Karma™. It wasn't selected for its fruit production but will produce berries, especially if planted near another S. nigra variety. Our Black Lace™ is a S. nigra and while it was selected for its ornamental appeal it does produce a good supply of fruit.

Uses: Border plant, edible herb, landscape, specimen or focal point
Deciduous shrub
Part sun to sun
Shrub type: deciduous
Height: 36" - 60"
Spacing: 36" - 72"
Height category: medium
Spread: 36" - 60"
Habit: mounded
Foliage shade: golden with red new growth
Maintenance: easy


Sambucus nigra produces blue or black fruit in late summer that may be used for jelly or juice. Wine may also be a possibility. The flowers are also edible: use them for fritters or make a refreshing (and non-alcoholic) cordial.

A Plant of Merit and People's Choice Award winner at the 2014 Farwest Horticulture Trade Show, Lemony Lace Sambucus also won a Green Thumb Award from the Direct Gardening Association.

Top four reasons to grow Lemony Lace elderberry:
- very colorful from spring through fall
- little to no maintenance required
- showy white flowers in spring
- very deer resistant
Plant some Lemony Lace! Even if life is giving you kittens and chocolate and other good things, We hope you will still plant Lemony Lace™ Sambucus racemosa because it is really delightful. It's got color, it's got texture, and is a shaggy mound of sunshine for your yard. The reddish new growth is quite enticing.

Lemony Lace™ elderberry grows 3-5' tall and wide, and is hardy to USDA Zone 3. It will be happiest in cooler climates, where it will grow in full sun or partial shade. As you get to the more southern end of its range (AHS 7) it will appreciate some light shade.

Uses Notes:
This distinctive golden, thread-like foliage looks wonderful in mixed borders or as a high-impact specimen plant. Plant it with Black Lace sambucus for a really bold statement! The red fall fruit makes it a good addition to wildlife gardens.

Maintenance Notes:
Benefits from hard pruning as a young plant to develop a nice full habit. Older plants can be trimmed after flowering. This plant blooms on old wood, so spring pruning will reduce flower production. Adaptable to most well-drained soils.

Lemony Lace™ Sambucus racemosa 'SMNSRD4' USPPAF, Can PBRAF

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