Advanced Search Filters

Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
Sunset Zone
Function
Sun Exposure
Soil Moisture
Water Requirement

RHUS typhina 'Dissecta'

Image of Rhus typhina 'Dissecta'

Mark Kane

Family

Anacardiaceae

Botanical Name

RHUS typhina 'Dissecta'

Plant Common Name

Staghorn Sumac

General Description

Very ornate, feathery foliage is a hallmark of ‘Dissecta,’ a cutleaf staghorn sumac. Along with its feathery leaves it has handsome red fruit spikes at the tips of the branches and yellow and orange-red fall color. A deciduous, upright, colonizing, large shrub, it is native to much of eastern North America. It often looks like a multi-stemmed, flat-canopy small tree.

Although the bark is smooth and sandy brown, younger twigs are more reddened with a brown fuzz. In late spring the dark green leaves emerge, held at the tops of the branches in a layered whorl. Each long, feather-like, compound leaf is made up of many deeply lobed leaflets. In early summer a tufted spike of creamy yellow-green female flowers appears at branch tips, and becomes an attractive cluster of crimson red fruits by early autumn. The leaves turn yellow with heavy tints of orange-red.

Grow the heat and cold tolerant 'Dissecta' in full to partial sun in any average, well-drained soil. As it suckers from its roots and creates a small thicket of trunks, use it as a windbreak or specimen at the edge of a woodland or periphery of a garden. It can also aid in hill stabilization and for providing cover for birds and wildlife. Locate so the fine-textured leaves can be seen spring to fall.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    12'-20' / 3.7m - 6.1m

  • Width

    12'-20' / 3.7m - 6.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer

  • Native To

    North America, United States, 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, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow Green, Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Crimson

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Orange Red

  • Bark Color

    Red, Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes