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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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