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RHUS aromatica

Image of Rhus aromatica

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Anacardiaceae

Botanical Name

RHUS aromatica

Plant Common Name

Fragrant Sumac

General Description

Fragrant sumac is a deciduous low, broad-spreading shrub whose branches turn up at the tips. Its fuzzy stems are fragrant when bruised and three-parted green leaves turn vivid shades of orange, yellow and red in fall. Small yellow flowers in spring give rise to dry red fruits in the fall, which attract birds. The cultivar 'Gro-Low' is a popular dwarf form of this dense shrub. Native to eastern North America, this fast growing, drought tolerant plant can be used as a ground cover or to hold steep banks from erosion.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    2 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2b, 3a, 3b, 10

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-6' / 0.6m - 1.8m

  • Width

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, South-Central United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Habit

    Thicket/Colonizing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Red, Orange, Orange Red

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Groundcover, Hedges

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes