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Fragrant sumac

Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-low’

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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 CharacteristicsBeautiful fall color; fast, compact growth.

CareGrow in average, moist but well-drained soil in full sun (for best fall color).

PropagationDivide suckers when dormant or sow seed in autumn. Take semi-ripe cuttings in summer or root cuttings in winter.

ProblemsPowdery mildew, wood rot, Verticillium wilt, leaf spot, blister, canker, dieback, caterpillars, scale.

  • Genus : Rhus
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Width : 6 to 10 feet
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Frost Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Characteristics : Showy Fall Foliage, Showy Fruit, Showy Seed Heads
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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  1. sandraahickey 06/13/2015

    I bought two plants several years ago and they have not blossomed yet. When I was a child at home we had some of these at home. They appear the same thing but they went up straight but did not get very tall. They looked just like these but were taller. How come they don't blossom?

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