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Rhus glabra

Smooth Sumac

Community: Foothill

Brief Description

Brilliant red fall foliage, flame shaped seed clusters on mid-size shrub.

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  • Red Fall Foliage
  • Unique Seed Clusters
  • Dry Site Compatible
  • Thicket-Forming

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Plant Description and Details

Stunning red fall foliage brightens up dry sites. Flowers develop into attractive "flames" of velvet rusty red seed clusters to brighten winter days.Exotic feathery palm-tree fronds make it a handsome mid-sized shrub. Needs a space to call its own. Well suited to stablizing slopes for erosion control with its tendency to spread by the roots to form thickets. Prefers dry sites.

Common Names Smooth Sumac
Community Foothill
Annual Water Needs 15-20 inches
Drought Tolerant Yes
Native Range Mt. brush, rocky hillsides, pinyon-juniper, shrub steppe, widespread throughout continental U.S.
Native States CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun
Placement Wild garden setting, slope stabilizer, shrub thicket.
Mature Height 6 - 12 ft.
Mature Width 5 ft.
Group Spacing 4-10 ft.
Blossom Color Fall Red Seed Clusters
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 2-3 times deeply the first summer.
Maintenance Tips Do not overwater or overfertilize or it will become invasive in tight spaces.
Wildlife Birds
Wildlife Notes Bird food and cover.
Plants Symbol RHGL
Family Name Anacardiaceae
Lewis & Clark No

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