|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.
The largest Sumac, its branches are covered with short, brown hairs, like 'velvet' on deer's antlers. The fuzzy, crimson fruit lasts all winter. Tolerates extreme heat and cold. Will not tolerate alkaline soils.
Attributes - Rhus typhina
Plant Type: Shrub, Tree
Bloom Season: Mid Summer through Late Summer
Flower Color: White
Height: 15 ft. to 50 ft.
Width: 60 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Climate: Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Hot Climates. Container Plants, Low Maintenance.