Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Fast grower to 10 to 12 ft. tall and wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Deer Resistant
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Inconspicuous
Botanical Pronunciation:roos ty-FY-na
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
Sunset climate zones:1 - 10, 14 - 17
Growth rate:Fast
Average landscape size:Fast grower to 10 to 12 ft. tall and wide.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Inconspicuous
Flower color:Green
Garden styleContemporary
Design IdeasThis is a striking shrub for the border, especially when mixed with evergreen plants and shrubs that complement its gorgeous fall colors. An interesting winter silhouette when planted against a wall.
Companion PlantsStir up the flames of fall with red-purple foliage of Henry's Garnet Sweetspire (Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet') Royal Purple Smoke Tree (Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'). Use an evergreen foil such as Greenlane Euonymus (Euonymus fortunei 'Greenlane') that adds another spark of fall color with red berries.
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.Pruning time: early spring.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
The sumacs are a large genus of 200 species of deciduous shrubs and trees. This genus also includes poison ivy, Rhus toxicoderon, and other toxic undesirables. It was classified by Linnaeus in the 18th century, the name derived from the ancient Greek for the three types of Mediterranean species, which were used in leather tanning. This plant, first introduced to Europe in 1629 is native from Canada to Georgia and west to Iowa. This like other New World species of Rhus was formerly classified into genus Schmaltzia by John Small, 1869-1938, of the New York Botanical Garden. It was also know as R. hirta by George Sudworth, 1864-1927, a dendrologist for the U.S. Forest Service. This form, 'Laciniata' was named by American botanist, Alphonso Wood, 1810-1881.
Lore:
The leaves of this plant were dried and smoked by Native Americans within its range. Berries were steeped for pink lemonade-like drink by settlers.