Smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

USDA Hardiness Zones

USDA hardiness zones
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Smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)
Zone Zone  more information
Hardy to zone 3a
Mature Height Mature Height
10 to 15 feet
Mature Spread Mature Spread
15 to 25 feet
Growth Rate Growth Rate
Sun Sun
Full Sun
Moisture Moisture
Drought tolerant (also tolerant to moist soil, well-drained)
Fall Color Fall Color
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Wildlife
Flower Flower
Fruit Fruit
Evergreen Evergreen
Native to WI Native to WI
Additional Information Additional Information
large, open, suckering, wide-spreading shrub; 10-15’ tall; 15-25’ wide; fast grower; coarse texture; greenish-yellow flowers in summer; scarlet fruit in clusters in late summer to fall on female plants later turning black and persisting; early, bright orange to scarlet-purple fall color; full sun; adaptable to most soils and pH; drought, salt, and urban tolerant; susceptible to verticillium wilt; do not shear; native to Wisconsin; hardy to zone 3a

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Primary Author: Dr. Laura Jull
Photos by: Dr. Laura Jull and Dr. Ed Hasselkus

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