Rhus glabra

Growing Information

Plant Type: Shrub
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial, Shade
Soils: Medium to dry
Bloom Time: June, July
Size: 10-20 feet tall, spread 20 feet

Colony-forming shrub – most noticeable for its brilliant fall color and bright red fruit. The plant is dioecious and only the female plants produce fruit. Sumac is effective where it has room to establish in its natural drift form. Colonies can be rejuvenated by cutting to the ground in mid-winter every few years. Great for dry, tough locations, especially on slopes. Great plant for restoration projects.

Garden Companions

Other species of sumac, Common Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)

Nature Benefits

• Flowers attract pollinators
• Berries provide food for many birds
• Provides wild bees nesting materials and structure for their life cycles

Native Habitat

Occurs in old fields, hardwood forest edges, and dry uplands.

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