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Fragrant Sumac
Rhus aromatica
Fragrant Sumac leaves and fruit
Size:
Size: small
Small
Size: medium
Medium

Large
Exposure/ Light Requirements:
Full Shade not required.
Full Shade
Full Sun required.
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade required.
Partial Sun/Shade
Pests and Problems:

Environmental Damage

Fungal Disease


Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8 
Mature Height: 3-8 Feet
Mature Width: 6-10 Feet
Features: Very glossy leaves with three leaflets (trifoliate); clusters of hairy, red fruit in late summer and early autumn (on female plants only); autumn color varies from orange to scarlet and reddish purple.
Culture: Full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil is best, but tolerates some dryness; prefers acid soils, but tolerates alkaline soils.
Cultivars:
  • 'Gro-low' - 2 feet tall, 6-8 feet wide, red fruits, orange red fall color.
Mature Form: Broad mounded to irregularly spreading, due to suckering.
Native To: United States (and Illinois)
Soil Conditions:
Soil condition: DryDry
Soil condition: Moist, Well-DrainedMoist, Well-Drained
Wet
Tolerance:
Tolerance: Alkaline SoilAlkaline Soil
Tolerance: Dry SitesDry Sites
Tolerance: SaltSalt
Soil Compaction
Wet Sites
Tolerance: WindWind
Uses:
Barrier
Use for: Border.Border
Use for: Foundation.Foundation
Hedge
Use for: Massing.Massing
Naturalizing
Screen
Specimen
Foliage Color: Green
 
Fall Foliage Color: Orange
Purple
Red
 
Additional Notes: Male and female flowers on separate plants. Fruit will be produced only if a male plant is available to pollinate the females.

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