Provided for consumer information—Monrovia is not currently growing this plant.

  • Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast grower to 10 to 12 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Deer Resistant
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous
  • Detail
    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
    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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.