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Rhus aromatica

fragrant sumac

Fragrant sumac is named for the spicy citrus fragrance, evident when the leaves are bruised. This shrub will form a low colony and grows in dreadful soils that other plants would find intolerable. The fall color is a vibrant red to orange, and birds flock to the clusters of red, fuzzy berries.

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Height: 3-7 ft
Spread: 4-6 ft
Hardiness Zone: 4-9


Bloom Color: Insignificant

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Species
Exposure
Sun
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
Dry
Average
Ecoregion
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
Ornamental Interest
Summer Fruit
Fall Foliage
Attracts Wildlife
Host Plant
Other Pollinators/Wildlife
Attracts Songbirds
Attracts Bees
Tolerance
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Urban Environment
Salt Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Additional Attributes
Dioecious (fruits only on female plants)
Erosion Control/Soil Stabilization
Low Maintenance
Fragrant


North American Distribution


fragrant sumac - Rhus aromatica from Native Plant Trust
fragrant sumac - Rhus aromatica from Native Plant Trust
fragrant sumac - Rhus aromatica from Native Plant Trust