Sambucus Lemony Lace
Sambucus 'Lemony Lace' photo courtesy of Proven Winners


Sambucus 'Lemony Lace®' is one of our favourite shrubs. Its finely dissected foliage is bright gold and can 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 keep it more compact.

  • Height: 1.2-1.5 m (48-60 in)
  • Spread: 1.2-1.5 m (48-60 in)
  • Hardiness: Zone 3-7
  • Sun or Shade: part shade to sun
  • Bloom Time: spring
  • Leaf Colour: gold
  • Bloom Colour: white and yellow
  • Critter Resistance: deer

Growing and Maintenance Tips

'Lemony Lace' 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. It is adaptable to most well-drained soils and in our garden benefits from protection from the hot afternoon sun.

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