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Cultural Details for Rhus typhina

Common Name:
Staghorn Sumac

Growth Rate:
Fast when development occurs from suckers; slow to medium on old wood.

Average Mature Height:
15-25' can grow to 30-40'.

Average Mature Width:
15-25' can grow to 30-40' in the wild.

Flower Details:
Yellowish-green appears in June - July.

Fruit Details:
On female only, small hairy red drupes in conical 6-10" long panicles in August.

Fall Color:
Florescent yellow, red, and orange.

Bark Details:
Gray and relatively smooth with conspicuous raised dotlike lenticels.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
None serious, although various wilts, leaf spots, rusts, aphids and mites have been noted. Vertcillium is often prevalent.

Native Habitat:
Zones 4-8, Quebec to Ontario, south to Georgia and Iowa.

Other Features:
Once established generates quickly. Invasive.

Culture and Care:
Easily transplanted. Prefers a well-drained soil, tolerates very dry, sterile soil, tolerates city conditions. Suckers profusely and tends to form wide-spreading colonies. Can be rejuvenated by cutting to ground in later winter.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
6105, 8120, 8130, 8140, 8150, 8160, 8170, 8180, 8190

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.