Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Smooth Sumac

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Large
  • Scientific Name: Rhus glabra Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Sumac
  • Zone: 3
  • Plant Size: 8-12'
  • Bloom Color: Not Applicable
  • Habit: Upright: suckering
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable. Tolerates poor dry soils. Full sun.

  • Notes:

    Good where its aggressive suckering habit can be tolerated, such as dry slopes, banks, etc. Red fruit in summer persisting throughout winter and brilliant red fall color.

  • 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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