Cut-Leaf Smooth Sumac

Rhus glabra 'Laciniata'

Valued for its bright scarlet fruits and deeply cut feathery leaves which have beautiful fall color. Excellent specimen tree with a great tolerance for dry, poor soils. Good in containers. Deciduous.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationroos GLAY-bruh
LoreIt is reported that Native Americans used the shoots of the Rhus glabra in salads, though many ethnobotanists say the natives did not consume "salads" as we know the term.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleRustic
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseContainer, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Hedge, Specimen
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, Fall Color, Naturalizes Well, Fast Growing
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsPine (Pinus); Forsythia (Forsythia); Rose (Rosa); Euonymus (Euonymus); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus)

Easily grown in average, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Spreads by suckering; root prune to control size. Fertilize in early spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, prune annually to shape, in early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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