Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Staghorn Sumac

{Picture of Staghorn Sumac}

Plant Information

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

    Rhus typhina 'Dissecta'

  • Zone: 3
  • Plant Size: 12-18'
  • Habit: Upright Suckering
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable. Tolerates poor dry soils. Full sun.

  • Notes:

    A delightful plant where its aggressive suckering habit will not become a problem. Velvet fuzz on the new growth (like a deer's antlers hence the name staghorn), red fruit on female plants that persists throughout winter and dazzling red-orange 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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