Rhus copallinum

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Winged Sumac


Plant Specifics

Size:4-15 (30) ft tall forming clones.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Orange,red
Noted for:Fall color, Showy flowers, Showy fruits, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:This is one of the few shrubs that produces brilliant red 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: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- 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:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate:Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Acidic to neutral



  • Fruits are eaten by songbirds, jays, and crows; white-tailed deer, opossums, wild turkey, and quail. 
  • Bark is eaten by rabbits.



  • Flowers attract pollinators including bees and butterflies.  Bees documented include  Colletes inandibularis, Augochlora pura, Augochlorella aurata, Augochloropsis sumptuosa and Dialictus placidensis (Deyrup et al. 2002).
  • host plant for the red-banded hairstreak caterpillar and the Luna moth. 


Native Habitats:Flatwoods, dry prairie, sandhill, disturbed areas including dry muck.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:Compound leaf has "wings" of tissue along the leaf-stem (rachis).