|Growing in varieties from 3 to 30 feet tall, Sumacs offer a show of brilliant fall color and bright red fruits. They thrive in roadside plantings, and grow in moist, well-drained soils and environments. Look best planted in masses. Deciduous types tolerate cold climates better than evergreens. Poison oak and ivy, which cause a skin rash if touched, are both in this group. Most Sumacs do not live long. Their weak wood is brittle and easily damaged by ice, wind and snow, which often leads to serious diseases. Buy plants bearing both male and female flowers to ensure fruiting. Cut back to prevent weather damage.
Chiefly used as bank or ground cover for poor, dry soils. The deep green leaves turn orange to reddish purple in fall and are fragrant when bruised or crushed.
Attributes - Rhus aromatica
Plant Type: Shrub
Bloom Season: Mid Spring
Flower Color: Yellow
Height: 2 ft. to 5 ft.
Width: 8 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Climate: Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Rhus ovata, Rhus radicans, Rhus typhina