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Rhus aromatica

Native Plants

Fragrant Sumac

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Fragrant sumac is a deer resistant and adaptable deciduous shrub reaching 6-8’ tall with a spread of 6-10’. It has glossy dark green, trifoliate leaves and freely suckering stems that are quite aromatic. Small yellow flowers appear in early spring before the foliage emerges, followed by hairy red berries in fall. Fragrant sumac also develops stunning orange to red fall color. Plants thrive in dry to average, well-drained soil in full sun to filtered shade. Rhus aromatica is an excellent plant for stabilizing embankments or using as a mass in the garden. It is a good companion for Hydrangea quercifolia, Cornus florida, Schizachyrium scoparium, Comptonia peregrina and other drought tolerant plants.

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  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry 
  • Flowering Period
    early-spring, mid-spring
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
    orange, purple, red 
  • Fruit/Seed Color