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Rhus copallina

Flameleaf Sumac

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Rhus copallina (Flameleaf Sumac)

The foliage of the large colonizing shrub is dark green and shiny with 9 - 21 leaflets that have wings between the leaflets. In summer, it blooms with attractive greenish-yellow 8" x 4" flowers. In fall, the ripe, crimson red fruit is an important food for wildlife. Like other sumacs, this shrub will increase to form thickets. It does best in open areas where it can naturalize.

Additional Information:


Height
20-30 Feet

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Spread
20-30 Feet

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USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardi), Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana), Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana), Post Oak (Quercus stellata), Sassafras (Sassafras albidum), Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

UPL

Nature Attracting

Songbird

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)
Winter (Nov-Mar)

Soil Moisture

Average

Special Features

Good Berries

Special Uses

Dried Flower

Sun Exposure

Medium Sun/Average Shade
Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Birds
Nesting
Cover
Food/Small Animals