Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Smooth Sumac

Rhus glabra
Plant Type: Shrubs
Native Environment: Prairie, Savanna / Woodland
Season of Interest: Late (July - frost)
Main Color: Green
Fall Color: Orange, Red, Yellow

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Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Pollinators/Beneficial Insects
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Nectar, Food/Birds, Food/Pollinators
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

9 to
12
feet

Spread:

9 to
12
feet
Size
Height: 9 to
12
feet
Spread: 9 to
12
feet
Size
Height: 9 to
12
feet
Spread: 9 to
12
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Plant in shrub border, hedgerow or screen. Naturalize along the edge of a woodland. Berries attract birds.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grows aggressively from suckers. Remove suckers to prevent unwanted spread. Very adaptable. Cut plants to ground every 2-3 years to reduce height.
Special Features
Special Usage
Edible, Fragrant
Basic Description

Compound leaves are shiny dark green on top and almost white on the undersides. Compact clusters of dark red, velvety berries form August-September. May be steeped for tea. The brilliant red fall foliage becomes a focal point in the landscape.

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