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Lemony Lace® Elderberry

Sambucus racemosa 'SMNSRD4' PP #26,613; CPBR #5719

An exciting new elderberry with bright golden foliage! Fine, thread-like foliage exhibits colorful reddish new growth. More deeply cut than others, creating a compact, shaggy mound with exquisite texture. White spring flowers produce red fruit in fall, making it a good addition to wildlife gardens.
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Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.

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Botanical Pronunciationsam-BYOO-kus ray-see-MO-suh
LoreAccording to the Humane Society of America, Sambucus leaves, bark, roots, and buds can be toxic to pets.
Average Size at MaturityModerate grower to 3 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSpring, followed by berries in fall.
Design IdeasThis distinctive golden, thread-like foliage looks wonderful in mixed borders or as a high-impact specimen plant. Plant with black or purple-leaved plants for superb contrast.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorYellow
Garden StyleRustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Hedge, Privacy Screen
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fall Color, North American Native Selection, Ornamental Berries, Compact Form, Benefits Birds
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Companion PlantsSmoke Tree (Cotinus); Chokeberry (Aronia); Rose (Rosa); Snowberry (Symphoricarpos); Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)

Adaptable to most well-drained soils. Requires less frequent watering when established. Tolerates full sun in northern climates, prefers light shade in more southern areas. Hard prune young plants to develop a nice full habit. Blooms on old wood; trim established plants just after flowering.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-8

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