University of Illinois Extension
University of Illinois Extension - Selecting Shrubs for Your Home
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Smooth Sumac
Rhus glabra
fruit of smooth sumac
Size:

Small
Size: medium
Medium
Size: large
Large
Exposure/ Light Requirements:
Full Shade not required.
Full Shade
Full Sun required.
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade not required.
Partial Sun/Shade
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8 
Mature Height: 10-20 Feet
Mature Width: 20-25 Feet
Features: Dense, upright clusters of yellow green flowers in early to mid-summer; upright clusters of red, hairy fruit (on female plants only) in late summer, persisting into winter; autumn color is scarlet, mixed with orange and purple.
Culture: Full sun; moist, well-drained soil is best, but tolerates dryness; prefers acid soils, but tolerates slightly alkaline soils.
Cultivars:
  • 'Laciniata'- Leaflets are deeply cut, bright red fruit.
Mature Form: Broad 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
Wind
Uses:
Barrier
Border
Foundation
Hedge
Use for: Massing.Massing
Naturalizing
Screen
Use for: Specimen.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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