Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Fragrant Sumac

Rhus aromatica
Plant Type: Shrubs
Native Environment: Savanna / Woodland
Season of Interest:
Main Color:
Fall Color: Red, Yellow
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover, Nesting
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant
Size

Height:

2 to
6
feet

Spread:

6 to
10
feet
Size
Height: 2 to
6
feet
Spread: 6 to
10
feet
Size
Height: 2 to
6
feet
Spread: 6 to
10
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Good fast growing ground cover for banks and slopes. Can be massed or used in wind breaks. The straight-species is usually tall and leggy in a garden setting. The cultivar ‘Gro-Low’ is useful as a landscape plant for ground cover, but many don’t want to use cultivars.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grow in full sun or part shade in average soil.
Special Features
Special Usage
Ground Cover
Basic Description

Low, irregular spreading shrub with lower branches that grow horizontally then turn up at the tips. Tends to sucker and root along stems that touch the soil, forming a dense stand. Yellow-green flowers appear before leaves emerge. Clusters of fuzzy red fruit form on female plants through June. Many birds and mammals feed on the fruit. Leaves turn bright red-purple in fall.

Where Should I Start?

Check out the Grow Native! Committee’s Top Ten picks of native plants for a particular purpose.

What’s the Next Step?

Picked out your plants? View our Resource Guide of garden centers, seed sources, landscapers, education resources, and more!

Where Can I Find This Plant in Nature?

Learn about the Native Environment(s) inhabited by the plants in this database.

Support the Grow Native! Program