LEMONY LACE® Elderberry


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Plant Needs

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


Plant Type:


Height Category:


Garden Height:

48 - 84 Inches


48 - 84 Inches


48 - 84 Inches

Foliage Colors:

Red, Yellow

Flower Colors:


Foliage Shade:

Golden with Red New Growth



Container Role:


Native to:

North America



Plant Needs

Light Requirement:

Part Sun to Sun, Sun

Maintenance Category:


Bloom Time:

Grown for Foliage

Hardiness Zones:

3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Water Category:



Border Plant, Landscape, Specimen or Focal Point

Light Requirement: 

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).

Heat Zones: 7

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®Sambucusracemosa'SMNSRD4'USPP 26,613, Can 5,719

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