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Rhus typhina - 'Laciniata' (Sumach, Rhus)

Type Tree, Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Deciduous
Form Low Growing or Spreading Plant, Architectural Form
Size Small Tree (1.5 to 3m height)
Colours Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Rhus typhina Description

This variety of Rhus has the upper hand as not only is it less vigorous than straight Rhus typhina, which means less suckering and problematic growth, but it also has outstanding cut foliage which turns to a flame red come winter. Quite outstanding yet also demanding!


Rhus typhina - Cultivation Notes

This hardy small tree is often avoided because of its invasive growth and irritant sap. It flourishes in any fertile well drained / dry soil, even chalk. Rhus prefers and 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
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Weaknesses of Rhus typhina

  • Poisonous if eaten/irritating sap
  • Invasive/spreading root growth
  • Invasive top growth
  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

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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