Tiger eyes sumac

Rhus typhina 'Tigereye Bailtiger'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Tiger eyes sumac (Rhus typhina 'Tigereye Bailtiger')
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Genus:  Rhus

Lemon-lime foliage, fuzzy stems, and intense fall color make this sumac cultivar a standout. It grows into an upright, rounded form about 6 feet tall and as wide. New growth emerges chartreuse. Fall brings leaves of yellow, scarlet, and orange. Flowers are yellowish green and followed, on female plants, by hairy, dark red fruit. This plant spreads by suckers and can be invasive. The species is native to North America.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Eye-catching foliage in spring, summer, and fall.

Care: 

Pick a site in full sun for best autumn color. Grow in moist but well-drained, moderately fertile soil. May be invasive.

Propagation: 

Sow seed in autumn in a seedbed. Take semi-ripe cuttings in summer, or root cuttings in winter. Separate suckers when plant is dormant.

Problems: 

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

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Growth Pace
Invasive/Aggressive Grower,
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Song Birds,
Native,
Showy Fall Foliage,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Green,
Yellow
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

Rhus typhina 'Tigereye Bailtiger'