Rhus aromatica

fragrant sumac


wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 3-6 (8) ft    Width: 3-8 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      red
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy fruits, fall color, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Specimen shrub, border, windbreak. This is a spreading, somewhat sprawling shrub.
Propagation: Seed. Often grown in the midwest from bareroot seedlings.
Availability: Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam


wildlife plant  
Fragrant sumac provides quality nesting, roosting and loafing cover for a variety of songbirds and game birds. Its fruit may not be the first choice of many kinds of wildlife, which allows it to persist into mid-winter for emergency use when other sources of food are covered by snow. Its twigs and foliage provide good deer browse. (excerpted from Kansas Forest Service description)
Native Habitats: Dry, somewhat open woods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

Range barely reaches north Florida.