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Fragrant Sumac

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Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica) – A rugged and durable medium-sized shrub with interesting foliage turning brilliant colors in fall and bright yellow flowers in spring; tends to sucker, forming a dense spreading mass, attractive for a garden background or for naturalizing, good in shade.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
3 feet
Average Landscape Width:
6 feet
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Rhus
Species:
aromatica
Flower Color:
yellow
Flower Period:
from early to mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Fall Color:
orange
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
spreading
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
can prune at anytime
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Other Species Names:
Rhus trilobata
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Density:
dense

Ornamental Features

Fragrant Sumac has yellow flowers along the branches from early to mid spring. It has green deciduous foliage. The serrated compound leaves turn an outstanding orange in the fall. The brick red fruits are held in clusters from late summer to late fall.

Landscape Attributes

Fragrant Sumac is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Fragrant Sumac will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 25 years.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the foliage in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is native to parts of North America.

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