Rhus aromatica

Fragrant Sumac

Anacardiaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Shrub
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Red
Phenology:Deciduous
Noted for:Fall color, Showy fruits, Interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Specimen shrub, border, windbreak. This is a spreading, somewhat sprawling shrub.
Propagation:Seed. Often grown in the midwest from bareroot seedlings.
Availability:Native nurseries, Quality nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:

Ecology

Wildlife:
  

  • Provides 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)

Insects:
 

Primarily pollinated by bees.

Native Habitats:Dry, somewhat open woods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

General Comments:Range barely reaches north Florida.