|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.
This heat and drought-tolerant shrub has white or pinkish clusters of spring flowers. Its velvety red berries are coated with a sticky substance. Grows best with occasional deep water.
Attributes - Rhus ovata
Plant Type: Shrub
Bloom Season: Mid Spring
Flower Color: Pink, White
Height: 10 ft. to 15 ft.
Width: 15 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Climate: Zones 7, 8, 9, 10
Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Alkaline Soil. Low Maintenance.