Rhus aromatica - Fragrant Sumac
Family: Anacardiaceae

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Rhus aromatica is a sprawling, low shrub good for mass plantings or erosion control. Fragrant Sumac is also known for its glossy, dark green, summer foliage.

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  form Form

-small shrub

-to 5' tall x 10' wide, frequently 2' tall x 5' wide, often planted in groups and spreading together with age

-medium growth rate

foliage Foliage

-trilobed, with each leaflet crenate to dentate

-shiny dark green in summer

-mixture of red, burgundy, purple, and green in autumn

Flowers
flowers

-polygamous or dioecious

-yellowish-green, male catkins form in late summer and persist as 1" long ornamental buds in winter

-male and female flowers bloom in Mar.-Apr.

Fruit
fruit

-red (when present)

-Aug. and persistent into early winter; noticeable but not overly attractive

Twig

-gray; leaf scars rounded

-male immature catkins prominent throughout winter

-stems aromatic when bruised

Trunk

-not applicable

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Culture

-full sun to partial shade

-adapts to dry, poor conditions

-abundantly available; usually containers

-no significant pests or diseases

Hardiness

-zones 3 to 9

Origin

-native to Eastern U.S.

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Assets

-adaptable to stressful conditions

-erosion control low shrub or tall groundcover due to entangled stems and their rooting ability

-shiny foliage that becomes a mixture of colors in autumn

Liabilities

-collects trash

-gets out of bounds with age

Function

-mass plantings, embankments, foundations

Texture

-medium textue in foliage and when bare

-thick density in foliage and when bare

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Alternates

-low, spreading shrubs or tall woody groundcovers

 


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