Rhus copallinum

winged sumac


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  


Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: to 15 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color      orange,red
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits, fall color, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: This is one of the few shrubs that produces brilliant fall color in much of Florida.
Considerations: Good background plant. Likely to form large clumps. Use in large settings or in areas being restored.
Availability: FNPS plant sales
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: Acidic


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Flowers attract pollinators. Fruits are eaten by birds including warblers, jays, and crows.
Native Habitats: Flatwoods, dry prairie, sandhill, disturbed areas including dry muck.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

Compound leaf stem (rachis) have extensions, hence the name winged. Drought tolerant.