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Rhus glabra/Smooth Sumac

Rhus glabra / Rhus glabra
Towering shoot in autumn with prominent seed pods
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Towering shoot in autumn with prominent seed pods

Mid to late summer growth just after seed pods begin to show color

Autumn colored foliage always a predictable feature of all of the sumacs

Autumn color

Close-up image of seed pods and foliage showing smooth stems between leaflets

Early stage of seed head development

A single stalk that will multiply rapidly along this fence row if not disturbed

Close-up image of seed head in mid summer

Up-close image of the dramatic autumn colored foliage

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Scientific Name: Rhus glabra
Common Name: Smooth Sumac
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: Green
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Filtered Shade, 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 for Xeriscapes
Plants that Attract Birds
Trees, Fruiting
Comments: This sumac is more shrublike than many and the form is an open, spreading canopy. It grows over much of the U.S. As with the other species, this one also has brilliant autumn color with tall panicles of red berries persisting into the winter. The leaf margins are serrated. It grows in open fields, along roadsides, and other disturbed sites. The fruit is attractive to wildlife.