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Tiger eyes sumac

Rhus typhina 'Tigereye Bailtiger'

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

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

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

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

  • Genus : Rhus
  • Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
  • Plant Width : 15 to 30 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast, Moderate
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Flower Color : Green, Yellow
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Fall Foliage, Showy Foliage, Showy Fruit
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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  1. rosemaryschmid 06/22/2015

    What r the little sprouts that come on that looks seeds come shaped?

  2. karenkrenzel 12/04/2017

    I just planted a tiger eye this summer. It did well all summer and fall. Then we noticed it was losing some of it branches. It does not have any branches on it now. I'm not sure if it was animals or what? Has anyone had this happen before?

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