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 $29.99
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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'
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. Large clusters of yellow flowers appear in early summer which later form the bright red berry clusters, or drupes. The fruits persist long into winter and many birds and other wildlife rely on them as a food source. 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). Three to Five shrubs are needed for a reliable bounty of fruit (red drupes), found on the female plant. As this is a fairly common plant in the landscape, fruiting is not usually an issue. The male Smooth Sumac flower typically attracts a greater variety of bees and pollen seeking insects. The female flowers offer nectar only.