Cutleaf Sumac (Rhus typhina 'Laciniata')

Cutleaf Sumac (Rhus typhina 'Laciniata' ) (18330 bytes)     Cutleaf Sumac (Rhus typhina 'Laciniata') can be grown as a large shrub or a small tree with a height of 10 to 15 feet. It suckers easily and will form a dense multi-stemmed thicket. Hardy to zone 3, this shrub prefers full sun but will tolerate partial shade. It can be grown in a wide range of soils as long as it is well-drained, and is drought tolerant.  No serious insect or disease problems have been reported.
sumac,cutleaf foliage (7499 bytes) sumac,cutleaf fall foliage (5218 bytes) Foliage is bright green. Leaves are large (2 to 5 inches long), lanceolate, deeply dissected, and compoundly pinnate. There are 13-27 leaflets with serrated margins. They grow 1' to 2' long and have a feathery, fern-like appearance, turning attractive shades of orange, yellow and red in autumn.
cutleaf sumac flowers (5528 bytes) Flowers are dioecious. They are yellow-green in color and borne on 6 to 12 inch panicles.
cutleaf sumac fruit (7652 bytes) Fruit is a showy, pyramidal cluster up to 8" long. The clusters are made up of hairy red berry-like drupes. These gradually fade to a brownish-maroon and persist into winter. They provide both winter interest in the garden and a source of food for wildlife.
sumac,cutleaf bark (4045 bytes) Bark on older stems is gray with shallow fissures and plates.

Photos: Judy Sedbrook

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