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Rhus typhina (Sumach, Rhus)

Type Tree, Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Deciduous, Flowering
Form Compact Rounded Tree, Architectural Form
Size Small Tree (1.5 to 3m height)
Colours Red Flowers (Spring), Light green Foliage
Care Regular Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy, Drought Tolerant
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Rhus typhina Description

Rhus is a hardy small tree is often avoided because of its invasive suckering growth and irritant sap. However it is highly ornamental, having an interesting low spreading habit and outstanding autumn leaf colour.


Rhus typhina - Cultivation Notes

Sumach flourishes in any fertile well drained / dry soil, even chalk. Rhus is fully hardy and can tolerate cold planting locations, but prefers an open sunny spot for good autumn leaf colour. Cut back suckers in early spring.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Rhus typhina:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Attractive autumn colour
  • Ornamental winter bark / tracery
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations

Weaknesses of Rhus typhina

  • Poisonous if eaten/irritating sap
  • Invasive/spreading root growth

Design & Plant Use for Rhus typhina:

  • Added winter interest from attractive bark or stems

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Common Missspellings: Rus, Russ, Rhis, Rhuse, Rhis, Rhice, Ruse

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