LEMONY LACE®

Elderberry

Sambucus racemosa

'SMNSRD4'

USPP 26,613; CBR 5719

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  • Unique foliage
  • Native to North America
  • Award winner
Description

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)
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.