Sambucus nigra


USPP 29,051; CBR 6310

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  • Unique foliage
  • Space saving habit
  • Strikingly unusual

If Dr. Seuss were a plant breeder, this is what he'd create! You've never seen an elderberry like Laced Up® before: it combines a striking fastigiate habit with lacy, near-black foliage. The effect is something like a flock of birds taking flight. Pink flowers in early summer turn to black fruit if a pollinator (like Black Lace®, Black Beauty®, or Instant Karma® elderberry) is planted nearby.

Awards People’s Choice Award of Merit, FarWest

USDA Zone 5 - 7 (-20°F/-28.9°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 6 - 10'

Width 3 - 5'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Early summer

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Black

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

Soil Extremely adaptable to soil pH and moisture levels.

Pruning Blooms on old wood. However, pruning after bloom will remove the potential for fruit to set.

Uses Grow either as a shrub or cut it back every year and make it into a bold perennial. Outstanding as a specimen, but also good in groupings and masses, perennial and shrub borders, as a specimen or screen.

Growing Tips If fruit is desired, plant with Black Beauty, Black Lace, or Instant Karma elderberry. Both flowers and ripe berries are edible; however, foliage and stems are toxic.Both flowers and ripe berries are edible; however, foliage and stems are toxic.