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Rhus copallina/Shiny Sumac

Rhus copallina / Rhus copallina
Typical autumn color for a roadside planting
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Typical autumn color for a roadside planting

Volunteer grove of sumac in the Upper South growing adjacent to an interstate highway

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Scientific Name: Rhus copallina
Common Name: Shiny Sumac
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: Green, Yellow
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants for Autumn Color
Plants that Attract Birds
Trees, Fruiting
Comments: This sumac is found throughout the southern U.S. in open fields, along roadways, and other disturbed sites. A sure way to identify this native sumac is by the wings along the stems between the leaflets on the compound leaves. Foliage turns a brilliant red in late autumn with the prominent seed heads persisting into winter. Early settlers used sumacs to treat a number of ailments.