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Belton, MO 64012
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Rhus glabra

Smooth Sumac

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Rhus glabra (Smooth Sumac)

From August through September, compact clusters of dark red, velvety berries form while the leaves are shiny, dark-green on top and nearly white on the undersides. The brilliant redvfall foliage makes a striking focal point and makes a good ornamental shrub. The fruit is eaten by a wide variety of birds and the leaves and twigs are browsed by Cottontail rabbit and Whitetail deer.

Additional Information:


Height
9-12 Feet

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Spread
9-12 Feet

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USDA Hardiness Zone 2-9

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Aromatic Aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium), Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida), Wild Plum (Prunus americana), New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus), Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

Characteristics & Attributes

Nature Attracting

Songbird

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture

Moderate
Average

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Birds