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Sumac

Rhus spp.

Also known as

Sumach, Sumaq, Schumacher Tree

Brosen rhus typhina3 by Brosen (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy

7a

USDA zone

-18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Sumac

The green leaves of a Rhus glabra plant in the wild
A green Rhus plant with white flowers in a garden
A photo of Sumac
A photo of Sumac

Sumac Overview

Rhus is a genus containing approximately 35 deciduous trees, shrubs and climbing species with characteristic divided foliage arranged oppositely on stems, which displays attractive bright orange and red autumn colour and has toothed edges. Certain species are also grown for their showy fruits, which are considered ornamental. While others produce edible fruits that can be harvested for use as spice. Species in this genus are also known by the names Sumac, Sumaq or Sumach. 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. Recent reclassification of plants has seen African species being grouped together in their own genus Searsia.

Common problems with Sumac

How to propagate Sumac

Cuttings

You can propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in summer, by seed in autumn. Root cuttings in the winter.

Seed

Special features of Sumac

Attractive leaves

Attractive fruits

Other uses of Sumac

Grown for their divided, ash-like foliage, autumn colour and, in some species, showy fruit clusters.

Deciduous Trees

Deciduous (leaf dropping) trees often have amazing fall colour.

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Deer Resistant Plants

Although never fully deer proof - they are less likely to eat these.

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