Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Fragrant Sumac

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Medium
  • Scientific Name: Rhus aromatica Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Sumac
  • Related Cultivars:

    Rhus aromatica 'Gro-low'

  • Zone: 3
  • Plant Size: 4-6'
  • Habit: Spreading
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable. Tolerates dry soils. Full sun to partial shade.

  • Notes:

    Dioecious. Small yellow flowers in spring followed by fuzzy red fruits on female plants in late summer. The leaves are aromatic when broken and turn a good red-orange in fall. Useful as a ground cover on slopes and other dry, difficult sites.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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