Sambucus Laced Up
Sambucus 'Laced Up' photo courtesy of Spring Meadow Nursery


'Laced Up® Elderberry is a narrow, upright variety that takes up only a few square feet of ground. Feathery black foliage covers broomstick-straight stems that shoot toward the sky but stay in a narrow column. In early summer hundreds of pink flowers contrast with the black leaves. It's an exotic looking plant that's surprisingly hardy and easy to grow! This plant was formerly known as Strait Laced® elderberry.

  • Height: 1.8-3 m (6-10 ft)
  • Spread: 91-122 cm (36-48 in)
  • Hardiness: Zone 4-9
  • Sun or Shade: partial sun to sun
  • Bloom Time: spring
  • Leaf Colour: black
  • Bloom Colour: pink
  • Critter Resistance: deer
  • Nature Attraction: bees and birds

Growing and Maintenance Tips

'Laced Up™' is very easy to care for. It does not need regular pruning, but any dead wood should be removed in early spring and any shoots not growing upright should be removed. Plant in full sun for best colour and shape.
All elderberries are toxic to pets and livestock. Because the foliage has a distinctive scent, however, animals tend to leave it alone. If you want berries you will need Black Beauty, Black Lace, or Instant Karma as pollinator.

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