Lemony Lace Elderberry
Striking Yellow Foliage Lights up Your Landscape
You’ll notice Lemony Lace Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa ‘SMNDSRD4’ LEMONY LACE™) from a distance. But the closer you get, the more striking it becomes. Billowy shrubs add vibrant yellow color to green landscapes, with little or no maintenance required. This cultivar of a North American native plant is also attractive to birds that come to feast on its red berries, turning your yard into a bird-friendly habitat!
1. Color-transitioning foliage. You’ll be intrigued as you watch the foliage color change over time. When the new growth emerges, the lacy leaves are bright-yellow with reddish-tinged tips. As the growth matures, it turns a lively chartreuse, which persists throughout the growing season.
2. Cold hardy. Northern gardeners will enjoy the same vibrant (and colorfast) foliage, because Lemony Lace Elderberry is hardy to USDA plant hardiness zone 3.
3. Bird-friendly but deer-resistant. White flowers appear in spring before the foliage emerges to produce red berries in autumn -- a delicacy for your backyard songbirds. But because Lemony Lace Elderberry is not a favorite of deer, your plants will stay beautifully full!
Appearance and Landscape Touches
The natural growth habit of Lemony Lace Elderberry gives it a shaggy, mounding appearance, which softens stark lines and contrasts nicely with other landscape plants. The finely cut leaves on 3- to 5-foot tall shrubs billow in the wind and add movement to your yard or garden. And the sunny yellow foliage energizes any landscape.
Easy Care, Pruning Optional
You won’t have to fuss over Lemony Lace Elderberry shrubs. With minimal maintenance, you’ll enjoy a big payoff from this plant!
• Sun. In northern climates, shrubs tolerate full sun. In southern regions, plant Lemony Lace Elderberry where it is shaded from the harsh afternoon sun.
• Soil. It’s not picky about the type of soil, as long as the soil drains well. Don’t plant in a low-lying area where standing water remains after rainfalls.
• Water. To help your plants become established, water regularly at least once a week after planting, particularly during hot summer weather. Mature plants need less watering.
• Pruning. You can let your Lemony Lace Elderberry shrubs grow into their natural shape without pruning them. But if you want to shape your plants or reduce their size, prune them after they flower in spring by cutting the older stems to the ground and the remaining (newer) stems back by one-half their length.