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Rhus typhina

Stag's horn sumach

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Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


Rhus typhina
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Plant details

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.

Family: Anacardiaceae

Genus: Rhus

Species: typhina

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 400cm

Spread: 300cm

Reader reviews

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I have had this tree growing in my garden for 35 years,not the same one which I took a cutting from my mothers garden but its off spring.It has suckers that grow from the base or even seedlings(they have spread to my next door neighbour).They can get a bit gangly and need a bit of a prune to straighten it up as really it likes slouch,thats ok if you have thepace.Its marvel in autumn with its changing colours and big flower heads or they are more like seed heads,easy tree and beautiful


I love these plants but can't find a nursery near me that stocks them. I live near Trowbridge if anybody can help

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