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Laced Up® Elderberry

Sambucus nigra

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Laced Up® Elderberry

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The Laced Up® Elderberry, scientifically known as Sambucus nigra, presents a striking addition to any garden or landscape. This unique variety stands out with its narrow, upright growth habit, making it an ideal choice for gardeners who love elderberries but have limited space. Unlike its more expansive relatives like Black Lace® and Black Beauty®, the Laced Up® elderberry grows in a tight column, occupying only a few square feet of ground.

Adorned with feathery black foliage, this elderberry variety creates a captivating contrast in the garden. Its deep black leaves are both elegant and dramatic, adding an unmatched texture and color throughout the growing season. In early summer, the plant is further embellished with hundreds of pink flowers, offering a stunning visual contrast against the dark foliage.

The Laced Up® elderberry thrives in a range of sunlight exposures, from partial sun to full sun, and is suited for hardiness zones 4 through 7. It reaches a mature height of 6 to 10 feet and spreads about 3 to 4 feet. This adaptability makes it an excellent choice for various garden settings, from borders to focal points in the landscape. Additionally, it serves as a splendid container plant, adding vertical interest to patios and balcony gardens.

Plant Attributes

The Laced Up® Elderberry, is a distinct variety that boasts several notable attributes, making it an appealing choice for gardeners and landscape designers. This plant is characterized by its unique upright and columnar growth habit, allowing it to fit comfortably into smaller spaces. It typically reaches a height of 6 to 10 feet and spreads about 3 to 4 feet, making it a tall but compact shrub.

One of the most striking features of the Laced Up® Elderberry is its foliage. The leaves are a deep, feathery black, offering a dramatic and elegant visual appeal. This dark foliage provides a stunning backdrop for the pink flowers that bloom in early summer, creating a beautiful contrast. The plant's overall appearance is not just visually appealing but also adds a distinctive texture to the garden landscape.

Landscape Use

The Laced Up® Elderberry, with its unique attributes and striking appearance, offers a range of landscaping uses:

  1. Vertical Accent in Small Spaces: Its narrow, upright growth habit makes it perfect for areas with limited space. It can add vertical interest without occupying too much ground area.
  2. Formal Plantings and Entryways: The Laced Up® Elderberry works exceptionally well in pairs for a symmetrical, formal look at entryways or along garden paths.
  3. Container Gardening: Its compact size and upright form make it suitable for container gardening, ideal for patios, balconies, or terrace gardens.
  4. Focal Point in Landscape Designs: With its dramatic black foliage and pink flowers, it serves as a striking focal point in any landscape design, drawing the eye and adding depth.
  5. Borders and Hedging: It can be used to create elegant and unusual borders or low hedges, providing a background for other plants or defining garden areas.
  6. Wildlife Gardens: While it is harmful to pets, its flowers and berries (when pollinated by another elderberry variety) can attract birds and beneficial insects, making it a valuable addition to wildlife gardens.
  7. Mixed Shrub Borders: The Laced Up® Elderberry can be mixed with other shrubs in a border for a varied and layered look, complementing other plants with its unique foliage and flower colors.
  8. Thematic Gardens: Its unique appearance fits well in modern, cottage, or formal garden styles, offering versatility in thematic landscaping.
  9. Pairing with Complementary Plants: It pairs well with other plants that can provide contrasting colors and textures. When planning berry production, it should be paired with compatible elderberry varieties like Black Lace®, Instant Karma®, or Black Beauty™.

Planting & Care

Planting Instructions:

  1. Timing: Plant in early spring or fall to allow the plant to establish before extreme weather conditions.
  2. Location: Choose a location with part sun to full sun exposure. It thrives best with at least 4-6 hours of sunlight daily.
  3. Soil Preparation: Elderberries prefer well-drained soil. Amend the planting area with compost or other organic matter to improve drainage and nutrient content.
  4. Planting Depth and Spacing: Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Space the plants 3 to 4 feet apart to allow for their mature spread.
  5. Watering After Planting: Water thoroughly after planting and regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system.

Care and Maintenance:

  1. Watering: Once established, elderberries have moderate water needs. Water regularly but allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.
  2. Pruning: Pruning is not usually necessary but can be done to remove dead or errant shoots in early spring. It helps maintain the plant’s shape and vigor.
  3. Fertilizing: Apply a balanced fertilizer in early spring, if necessary, to encourage healthy growth.
  4. Pest and Disease Management: Generally resistant to pests like deer and rabbits. Keep an eye out for common pests and diseases that may affect elderberries and treat accordingly.
  5. Winter Care: In colder zones, apply mulch around the base to protect the roots in winter.
  6. Pollination for Berries: If berry production is desired, plant near another elderberry variety like Black Lace®, Instant Karma®, or Black Beauty™ for cross-pollination.

Additional Tips:

  • Pet Safety: Be aware that all parts of the elderberry plant are toxic to pets.
  • Location Consideration: Avoid planting in areas that are prone to waterlogging or have very poor soil quality.
  • Supporting Wildlife: The flowers attract pollinators, and the berries, if produced, can attract birds.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Shrub
  • Watering Needs: Average water requirements. Regular watering is essential for establishment, and then it can tolerate less frequent watering.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: SAM-bew-kus NY-gruh
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Moderate
  • Average landscape size: Grows to a height of 6-10 feet and a spread of 3-4 feet.
  • Special features: Compact and upright growth, striking foliage, deer and rabbit resistant, harmful to pets
  • Dramatic Foliage: Feathery, black foliage that provides an elegant and unique appearance
  • Foliage color: Black
  • Blooms: Early Summer
  • Flower color: Pink
  • Flower attributes: Pink flowers that contrast beautifully with the dark foliage
  • Garden style: Modern, Cottage, Formal
  • Design Ideas: Ideal for creating vertical interest in small spaces, works well in pairs for formal plantings, excellent as a quirky and eye-catching specimen in landscapes or gardens, suitable for container gardening
  • Companion Plants: For berry production, requires a Black Lace®, Instant Karma®, or Black Beauty™ elderberry as a pollinator.


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