|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.
Generally there are 3 leaflets on this plant, rarely 5 or 7. Many subspecies differ in leaf form and hardiness. Greenish-white flowers bloom in early summer. Waxy white fruit grows in clusters and persist into winter. Can be weedy in shady gardens.
Attributes - Rhus radicans
Plant Type: Shrub, Vine
Bloom Season: Early Summer through Mid Summer
Flower Color: White, Yellow
Height: 7 ft. to 12 ft.
Width: 12 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Climate: Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11