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Rhus aromatica

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Deciduous

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: neutral, average, poor, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 2'-6'

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: yellow

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts birds, attracts butterflies, berries, clumping, colonizing, drought tolerant, fall interest, fragrant plant, rock garden plant, shade garden plant, showy fruit

Rhus aromatica (fragrant sumac)
  • Rhus aromatica (fragrant sumac)
  • Rhus aromatica (fragrant sumac)
  • Rhus aromatica (fragrant sumac)
  • Rhus aromatica (fragrant sumac)

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Description

Rhus aromatica

Also known as:

fragrant sumac

,

aromatic sumac

,

lemon sumac

,

polecat bush

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Rhus aromatica is sometimes confused with poison ivy: "leaves of three...". The foliage and twigs are aromatic, exuding a citrusy fragrance when bruised or crushed. It produces showy, hairy, berry-like drupes. Foliage turns to orange, red, and purple in fall.

Cultivation

Can be used as an effective groundcover, and as errosion control, in areas with poor, rocky soil. It spread by suckers, slowly forming dense colonies. Will grow in full sun to part shade. Requires very well drained soil and is intolerant of wet environments.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Special Concern: CT

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Sapindales
Family Anacardiaceae Sumac family
Genus Rhus sumac
Species Rhus aromatica fragrant sumac