Plant of the Week: Laced Up® Elderberry

Delicate Blooms, Dramatic Foliage

With Halloween coming up next week, I wanted to write about a plant that has some drama. Near black foliage paired with pink flowers sounds like drama to me. Laced Up® Elderberry will surely make a statement in your garden. 

Laced Up® Elderberry’s lacy deep purple/black foliage and graceful pink summer flowers are striking in the garden, but its habit gives it even more interest. It grows upright and narrow as opposed to the traditional elderberry silhouette. This stunning elderberry works great as a specimen, but it also looks fantastic in groupings or even as a screen. 

Laced Up® Elderberry will grow to 6-10’ tall and 3-5’ wide. It will grow best in full sun, but it can also be planted in partial shade (the colors are most intense in full sun). It is hardy in USDA zones 4-7. Laced Up® Elderberry is deer-resistant and drought-tolerant once established. 

Elderberries bloom on old wood, so heavy pruning will compromise fruit production. 

Fall Berries

The show doesn’t stop after it blooms because if planted with a pollinator (like Black Lace® Elderberry), Laced Up Elderberry’s pink flowers turn to blackberries in the fall. If you’re looking for more shrubs with fall fruit, check out my Shrubs for Fall Berries blog for some inspiration.

Have a fabulous weekend!

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