Sambucus racemosa


USPP 26,613; CBR 5719

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Row of lime green and green Lemony Lace Sambucus in a garden bed Close up of lime green Lemony Lace Sambucus foliage Close up of white Lemony Lace Sambucus blooms Close up of red and yellow Lemony Lace Sambucus fall foliage Close up of yellow Lemony Lace Sambucus foliage YouTube video describing the plant shown on this page
  • Unique foliage
  • Native to North America
  • Award winner

Lacy golden foliage.

Lemony Lace® elderberry is a super-showy cutleaf selection of our native Sambucus racemosa. Bright golden foliage is highly dissected and emerges with colorful red hue. The foliage is more deeply cut than 'Sutherland Gold' or Black Lace®, resulting in a dense, irregular mound with extremely fine texture. White flowers appear in very early spring, before the leaves emerge, and produce red fruit in fall. Will tolerate full sun in northern climates, but prefers light shade in more warmer areas.

Awards Bronze Medal, Plantarium; Award of Merit, 2014 Farwest Show; GCG's Retailers Choice Award, 2014 Farwest Show

USDA Zone 3 - 7 (-40°F/-40°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 4 - 7'

Width 4 - 7'

Finish Time .5 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Early spring

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Yellow

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

Soil Extremely adaptable to soil pH and moisture levels.

Pruning Blooms on old wood. Pruning after bloom will remove the potential for fruit to set, which may be desirable for color and/or to attract wildlife.

Uses Specimen; mixed borders; foundation plantings. Can be grown as a shrub or a cut-back perennial.

Growing Tips The fruit of red elderberry is not edible for humans, though it is quite colorful and enjoyed by birds.