Rhus typhina

Rhus typhina

Stag's horn sumach

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Rhus typhina
  • Common name: Stag's horn sumach
  • Plant type: Tree
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 4m

Spread: 3m

Flower colour:
  • Green
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive seed-heads, Autumn colour, Dramatic foliage, Flowers

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Stag's horn sumach, Rhus typhina, is spectacular in autumn when its foliage turns fiery orange, gold, scarlet or purple. The effect is greater when set against the dense cones of red fruit borne by female plants.

Rhus typhina has finely divided foliage, turning orange and red before falling in autumn. It looks particularly good when used as a focal point in the mixed border or shrubbery.

For best results grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Rhus typhina is prone to producing suckers but these can be mown off in lawns, or plants may be grown in large tubs. When dug up rooted suckers are an easy way to propagate new plants.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle, Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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