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Rhus glabra

Common Name(s):
Smooth sumac
Cultivar(s):
Laciniata
Categories:
Native Plants, Shrubs, Trees
Comment:

Medium green leaves turn red orange, scarlet, and red velvet in fall; good in dry arrangement; rejuvenate by cutting to the ground every few years; colony forming shrub; not poisonous; drought tolerant.  Blooms in the spring and summer followed by fruits that are enjoyed by birds.

Height:
9-15 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, pinnate compound medium to dark green leaves; 11 to 31 leaflets; red, yellow-scarlet and red velvet fall color; good in dry arrangements; smooth, hairless stems
Flower:
6 to 10 in. panicle of greenish white flowers in summer; velvety red fruit in late summer on female plants; persists into winter
Zones:
3-8
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; tolerates poor dry soil; does not tolerate shade or wet soil
Texture:
Medium to coarse
Form:
Shrubby; often multistemmed
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade; tolerates poor dry soil ; does not tolerate shade or wet soil
Fruit:
Greenish white flowers; velvety red fruit in late summer on female plants
Width:
9-15 ft.
Growth Rate:
Moderate to rapid
Leaf:
12 to 18 in. alternate, compound medium green leaves; red orange, scarlet, and red velvet fall color
Tags:
birds, deciduous, wildlife, native

NCCES plant id: 544

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Tim Waters, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
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Anne McCormack, CC BY-NC-2.0
Wendell Smith Rhus glabra
Bill Barber, CC BY-NC-2.0