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Cultural Details for Rhus copallinum

Common Name:
Winged Sumac, Flameleaf Sumac, or Shining Sumac

Growth Rate:
Fast when development occurs from suckers, slow to medium on old wood.

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Greenish yellow flowers, 4-8" long, 3-4" wide

Fruit Details:
Crimson drupes, ripens September - October

Fall Color:
Rich red, crimson, scarlet and maroon.

Bark Details:
Smooth with conspicuous dotlike lenticels, silvery gray, scaly at maturity

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
None serious although various wilts, leaf spots, rusts, aphids and mites have been noted.

Native Habitat:
Zones 4-9, Maine to Ontario and Minnesota, south to Florida and Texas.

Other Features:
Usually forms large spreading colonies. Invasive. Not recommended for small gardens.

Culture and Care:
Suckering, colonizing shrub, invasive qualities. Grows in any soil, except wet.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
8320, 8330, 8340

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.