Smooth Sumac

Rhus glabra

Rhus glabra, or Smooth Sumac, is well known for its excellent color in autumn when the long compound leaves turn red and orange. Large clusters of yellow flowers appear in early summer which later form the bright red berry clusters …

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Plants 1 Gallon Pot
1+ $29.99 ea.
Availability: In stock
SKU
97740-GL
Cultural Details
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture Dry, Medium
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial
Height 8' - 15'
Bloom Color Green, Yellow
Bloom Time May, June, July
Spacing 5' - 10'
Hardiness Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Root Type Rhizome
Benefits Birds, Pollinators, Host Plant

Rhus glabra, or Smooth Sumac, is well known for its excellent color in autumn when the long compound leaves turn red and orange. Bright red berry clusters, or drupes, appear in the fall on the female plants. The fruits persist long into winter and many birds and other wildlife rely on them as a food source. Large clusters of yellow flowers appear in early summer on both male and female plants.  The male flower typically attracts a greater variety of bees and pollen seeking insects, while the female flowers offer nectar only. A Colony-forming shrub, Smooth Sumac is the only shrub, or tree, native to all 48 contiguous United States. Sumacs are host plants for the Hairstreak Butterfly.

Planting and Cultivation Notes
Smooth Sumac is a dioecious species - male & female flowers are produced on separate plants. Since the plants we send have not yet reached maturity, we are unable to determine their sex prior to shipment. For ample production of fruits or seeds, it is recommended that 3 - 5 plants be installed in fairly close proximity to ensure the presence of both sexes.