Rhus aromatica

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 

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Fragrant Sumac


Plant Specifics

Size:3-6 (8) ft tall by 3-8 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Red
Habitats:Dry, somewhat open woods.


Recommended Uses:Specimen shrub, border, windbreak. This is a spreading, somewhat sprawling shrub.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
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 Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Sand



  • 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)

Primarily pollinated by bees.