Fragrant sumac

Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-low’

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
Photo/Illustration: 
Karen Bussolini
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Fragrant sumac (Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-low’)
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Genus:  Rhus
This vigorous shrub hugs the ground (to 2 feet tall) and spreads out to 8 feet, making it an excellent choice for stablizing a bank or smothering weeds. It has small yellow flowers, hairy red fruits, and glossy leaves that change to gorgeous orange-red in autumn. 
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Beautiful fall color; fast, compact growth.
Care:  Grow in average, moist but well-drained soil in full sun (for best fall color).
Propagation:  Divide suckers when dormant or sow seed in autumn. Take semi-ripe cuttings in summer or root cuttings in winter.
Problems:  Powdery mildew, wood rot, Verticillium wilt, leaf spot, blister, canker, dieback, caterpillars, scale.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Birds,
Attracts Butterflies,
Native,
Showy Fall Foliage,
Showy Fruit,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Yellow Flower
Uses
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing,
Roadside,
Waterside
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Drought Tolerant,
Frost Tolerant
Type
Shrubs

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