Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Lemony Lace® Elderberry

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If your landscape needs a little boost to take it over the top, this traffic-stopping plant is just the ticket. Compact and colorful, this small shrub makes a big impact in your yard.

Bright yellow, lacy leaves are deeply cut and appear delicate. The fine-textured leaves of the Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Lemony Lace® Elderberry PP26,613 (Sambucus racemosa 'SMNSRD4') are simply spectacular! They keep that bright color straight through summer's heat.

This plant has a free-form upright growth habit. It brings visual energy, especially as the branches sway to and fro in the slightest breeze.

Lemony Lace® Elderberry adds an intense pop of color and brings an informal, organic look to the landscape. New leaves open with a slight red tinge, which makes you look twice, or even three times!

Lemony Lace® blooms before the plants leaf out in spring. The flowers are fluffy creamy-white flowers that bring in the pollen and nectar-seeking pollinators and beneficial insects! Later, the flowers give way and become showy red berries in late summer to fall. These ornamental berries are like catnip for local songbirds!

The plant displays the most exquisite lemony leaf color in full sun. The new growth holds that nice yellow color, and ages to chartreuse and green inside the plant. It is a brilliant display that can't be ignored!

Planting and Application:

Use Lemony Lace® wherever you need an accent that stays compact and colorful! It will stop you in your tracks. Get ready to have people stop and ask about it! Lemony Lace® makes a gorgeous, no-fuss addition to any foundation, hedge, or border planting. You'll love the lower privacy or screening, vivid landscape backdrops, and bright color!

Combine it with burgundy plants, like Black Lace® Elderberry or a Tiny Wine® Ninebark, and you've got a traffic-stopping showpiece in your garden. You can also use the deep, mysterious dark purple of Black Beauty® Elderberry as a backdrop shrub instead. Mix with equally chartreuse Tiger Eyes® Sumac, or Darts Gold Ninebark! Next, add brilliant contrast and fall color by pairing it with the round, leathery leaves of the Blue Shadow Fothergilla shrub. Add evergreen Juniper groundcover to face the front of the planting bed.

Lemony Lace® Elderberry makes a fantastic focal point for you and your guests to look at as you sit on your porch, deck, or patio. Create a fabulous planting by placing a few in front of large evergreen trees.

Be sure to repeat the golden color in smaller plants like large-leaved, chartreuse Hostas or Emerald n Gold or Blondy® Euonymus wintercreeper. Then, punch up the planting bed with a few containers of bright annuals that you change out every year. Bright gold Golden Creeping Jenny would make a perfect coordinating 'Spiller' in these containers.

Have fun with this plant!

Lemony Lace® is a name that says it all! This wonderful shrub works as a specimen plant or accent for any landscape. Use a few in your sunny perennial border as an accent or use multiple plants as a bright backdrop for shorter plants.

Create a fantastic low screen or informal hedge in a sunny area. Repeat the use of this plant in sunny mixed borders and perennial gardens around your yard to tie each of the beds together as a glamorous, unified whole!

For a solid hedge, space them out 2-3 feet on center. For a looser, more relaxed look, increase the spacing to 3-4 feet. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Be sure to invest in a good pair of binoculars to keep near your outdoor furniture. You'd be amazed how relaxing it is to do some bird watching in your own yard. And birds do love those berries!

Some Elderberries produce edible berries that can be used in jelly, but not this variety! Lemony Lace® berries are only ornamental for humans. But if you want fruit for your feathered friends, Lemony Lace® Elderberry will set fruit if planted near a Sambucus racemosa variety.

They will tolerate almost any soil! Lemony Lace® introduces brilliant yellow color in Rain Gardens, natural wetlands, and waterfront properties.

  • Gorgeous Chartreuse Foliage
  • New Growth is Edged in Red
  • White Flat-Topped Flower Clusters in Spring
  • Red Fall Berries Loved by Songbirds
  • Incredible in Cut Flower Arrangements
  • Useful Size For Containers, Hedges, Specimens & Showy Backdrops

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Lemony Lace® is a tough plant, too. It is very cold hardy and wind-resistant, and deer won't touch it. It thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, especially in the North. It does great in partial shade in warmer climates of USDA planting zones 4 to 7. This plant is reliable and easy. It is hardy in a wide range of temperatures, adapts to many different soils, and is able to come back from even severe pruning with ease.

Provide 3-4 inches of arborist Mulch to ensure that the shallow roots are kept cool and moist. Give it regular water during its first year, then water during drought and excess heat. Fertilize in the spring and mid-summer with an acid fertilizer, such as Dr. Earth's Acid Lovers Premium and Organic Fertilizer.

Elderberry bushes flower on last year's wood, so cut the plant back to the desired shape after the plant flowers, though this will remove any later fruit. To enjoy flowers and fruit for the birds, it is recommended you instead renewal prune when dormant, removing 3-year-old canes back to the ground. Cut back all 2-year canes by half and remove all weak and dead canes. Some homeowners cut all the branches down to the ground each year. This produces vivid, fresh new growth and keeps Lemony Lace® plants smaller.

  • Grows in Full Sun or Partial Shade
  • Highly Adaptable to Any Well-Drained Soil Type
  • Thrives In Moist to Dry Conditions Once Established
  • Flowers On Old Wood - Prune After Flowering
  • Deer Resistant, Easy to Grow & Few Pest or Disease Issues
  • Cold & Heat-Hardy, Tough, Rugged & Widely Adaptable

Use this soft, fluffy shrub with its sunny color to brighten up your landscape. This field-tested Proven Winners® ColorChoice® selection might steal the show with its bright yellow, finely dissected leaves. Go with it, you'll love this special variety. Order your Lemony Lace® Elderberry today at Nature Hills Nursery!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
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Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Lemony Lace® Elderberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-7
Growing Zones 4-7
More Information
Brand Proven Winners ColorChoice
Botanical Name Sambucus racemosa 'SMNSRD4'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 3 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Creamy White
Foliage Color Yellow, Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering