Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Shining Sumac

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Medium
  • Scientific Name: Rhus copallina Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Sumac
  • Zone: 3
  • Plant Size: See notes
  • Habit: Rounded: suckering
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable. Tolerates poor dry soils. Full sun.

  • Notes:

    Lustrous dark-green leaves that turn dazzling red in fall. Displays tremendous variation in size over its native range: plants from the southeast U.S. may grow 30' tall, while those from the northern U.S. and Canada grow to a compact 4-8', the latter making an excellent landscape plant for the Midwest.

  • 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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