Fragrant Sumac - Rhus aromatica

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The “fragrant” in fragrant sumac refers to the odor that is released from crushing the stems or leaves, or standing next to it. Does best on warm, dry sites with lots of sun, but it is surprisingly adaptable to light shade. Part of the Black Oak Savanna complex. Fall color is an excellent reddish-orange with bright red fruit. A great companion plant for upright or vertical plants because of its layering habit, for this reason it is also a great habitat providing plant. 


Mature size: 5 - 8' high, 4 - 6' wide

Location: Sunny with dry soil, sunny with average soil moisture


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