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Rhus trilobata

Oakleaf Sumac, Skunkbush Sumac, Three-leaf Sumac, Squawbush

Community: Foothill

Brief Description

Flaming fall color display and velvety berries decorate low-water shrub.

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  • Red & Yellow Fall Color
  • Glossy Tri-lobed Leaves
  • Thicket Forming
  • Drought Tolerant

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Plant Description and Details

Oakleaf Sumac grows casually free-form.  It's 3-season show goes from small yellowish flowers in the spring to glossy, 3-lobed aromatic leaves in the summer to orange to purplish fall hues followed by round winter berries dressed in deep red velvet.  The leaves have a strong odor when crushed, leading to another common name, Skunkbush Sumac.  Native Americans burn-pruned the bushes to the ground and used the straight-stemmed regrowth in basketry.

Common Names Oakleaf Sumac, Skunkbush Sumac, Three-leaf Sumac, Squawbush
Community Foothill
Annual Water Needs 15-20 inches
Drought Tolerant Yes
Native States CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 3
Exposure Sun - Part Shade
Soil Preference Well Drained
Placement Unpruned hedges, informal screens, shrubscapes, background plantings.
Mature Height 6 - 12 ft.
Mature Width 8 ft.
Group Spacing 4-8 ft.
Blossom Color Inconspicuous Yellow
Blooms Spring
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 2-3 times deeply the first summer.
Maintenance Tips Occasional late winter cut-to-the-ground pruning keeps the bush in a more upright form.
Wildlife Birds, Mammals
Wildlife Notes Cover and winter food resource for birds and small mammals.
Plants Symbol RHTR
Lewis & Clark No

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