Posted: 29/04/2014 at 09:37
I like Stagshorn Sumachs - they grow in such elegant shapes and have such fantastic autumn colour - I think the big problem is that if pruned they start to throw up suckers and don't know when to stop. Leave the tops alone and the roots will behave themselves.
I'm pretty sure they're shallow rooted and as such shouldn't be a problem to a well-constructed house. I know an old thatched cottage with a row of them in the front garden only a couple of metres of the front wall, and 50 years on the cottage is still there and so are the sumachs, looking very venerable, like something from a Japanese painting. Love them.