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A picture of a Evergreen Sumac

Evergreen Sumac

Rhus virens

Also known as

Evergreen Sumach, Evergreen Sumaq, Sumac Lentisco, Tobacco Sumac

Photo by Cody Stricker (CC BY 4.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Evergreen Sumac

A close up of some green Rhus virens leaves and red fruits
A Rhus virens plant with green leaves
A close up of a flowering Rhus virens plant
A green Rhus virens plant

Evergreen Sumac Overview

Rhus virens is a semi-evergreen tree or shrub species from the Anacardiaceae family. Originating from Mexico, this species produces characteristic divided foliage arranged oppositely on stems. The leaves display attractive bright orange and red autumn colouration and leaves have toothed edges. White flowers lead onto notable fleshy fruits, which are considered ornamental. This plant is commonly known by the names Evergreen Sumac and Tobacco Sumac, amongst others. Cultivars have been produced and these are well placed in a shrub border, woodland garden or these make good specimen trees which come alive with fiery colours in the autumn.

Special features of Evergreen Sumac

Attractive leaves

Attractive fruits