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Lemony Lace® Elderberry Sambucus racemosa

(11 REVIEWS)
Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
60" 60"
Height
36 - 60"
Spread
36 - 60"

This plant is hardy in zones 3 - 7

Hardy Zones

Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.

  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7

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  • Details

    Features

    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. A 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 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
    Produces Berries
    Foliage Interest
    Fall Interest
    Resists: 
    Deer
    Native to North America

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    36 - 60 Inches
    Spacing: 
    36 - 72 Inches
    Spread: 
    36 - 60 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    White
    Foliage Colors: 
    Red
    Foliage Colors: 
    Yellow
    Foliage Shade: 
    golden with red new growth
    Habit: 
    Mounded
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Blooms On: 
    Old Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Grown for Foliage
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
    Heat Zones: 
    7
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Edible Herb
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Specimen or Focal Point
    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' USPP 26,613, Can 5,719
  • 11 Reviews

    • I had mine planted in a full sun location two years ago and it almost died. Moved it to a more dappled sun and now it’s crazy big

      Jennifer
      Ontario
      Canada
      3 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Bought this plant last year from PW, planted in the ground right away per the PW instructions. In spite of our harsh winter it did survive; however, only half of the shrub. I had branches with no buds this spring and if you touched the branches they broke off because dry and dead. The other half of the shrub is full of thick buds ready to open and lots of flowers. I cut the dried, dead branches off. At the base of those branches there was new growth starting to sprout and the cut was made above the new growth. It's a beautiful shrub and hoping the new growth will eventually fill out the entire plant.

      Patricia Stromgren
      Minnesota
      United States
      11 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • I bought 2 of these Sambucus last summer, and they did well and I let them be for the winter. This Spring I see that one is full of foliage and looking good, but not Proven Winners good. The other is just a stick with one bud trying to grow. This is a frequent problem with quart size shrubs, as the root isn't mature enough to withstand the change in seasons. Will wait until a larger size is available to purchase, as I still would like to see the beautiful shrub thrive.

      Deca
      Virginia
      United States
      17 weeks ago
      Satisfactory Average performance, met expectations but not outstanding.
    • Our Lemony Lace bloomed beautifully in the spring then suddenly lost most of its leaves. Our nursery determined that the soil was not draining well enough after a period of rain. It does not like "wet feet". Once the soil dried out, it produced some new growth but was basically barren for the rest of the season, a big disappointment. The soil can be amended to improve drainage.

      Zoe Kaminski
      Connecticut
      United States
      21 weeks ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • As some of the other reviewers indicated, my Limelight plant was growing just fine and suddenly poof, all the leaves wilted and died last summer. I noted that the bark close to the ground was peeling away. This plant was growing in a row with 4 other Limelights and they are all fine. I have noticed it is putting out new growth this Spring but it will be noticeably smaller than others this Summer. Why did this happen?

      Leslie Lansing
      New York
      United States
      1 year ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • This has been one of my favorite plants for a couple of years. It's striking in the garden, and the leaves work wonderfully in arrangements. Unfortunately, after 3-years of healthy growth my Lemony Lace quickly succumbed to something. It's in the right light, soil, and had been doing well. I was going to buy two more plants, but now I'm not so sure. If PW could give me an idea of what's killing my plant and I'm able to fix the problem I would buy more plants.

      Martha
      Connecticut
      United States
      1 year ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    • Instant Karma elderberry is simply stunning and looks beautiful paired with Black Lace elderberry.

      Vicki Estevez
      Maryland
      United States
      2 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • I bought two last year and they looked nice but one looks like it's dead, same with Susan comment from Ohio, the other looked great till a few days ago. this is only August. so what is the deal? anyone know? the one that "died" like it seemed to last year, but came back this spring, is in a slightly sunnier location, it does get hot afternoon sun but I make sure they have enough water. now it's been raining all the time and the 2nd plant is looking odd.

      Vicki
      Michigan
      United States
      2 years ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • I would like to know what happened. My Lemony Lace Elderberry was planted in a partly sunny location and seemed to be thriving. It survived winter and the rains of early summer. Then - sudden death. The plant was totally wilted and I do not believe it was from lack of moisture.

      Susan
      Iowa
      United States
      3 years ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • Marshall Dirks
      Illinois
      United States
      4 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
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