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Rhus Glabra - Smooth Sumac

The Smooth Sumac from the family Anacardiaceae is one of the plants that can be found in all forty-eight states and also in southern Canada areas such as south Quebec and British Columbia. Smooth Sumac is considered an open growing shrub or small tree; it can reach up to 9.8 feet tall with some reaching 12 feet tall. The leaves of the Smooth Sumac are deciduous and turn beautiful scarlet to orange colors come the fall. The leaves are considered compound leaves and grow between sixteen to twenty-four inches. The plant prefers full sun to partial shade. The soil to use for this particular shrub is sand, clay, or loam. The Smooth Sumac does not require a lot of water, it prefers dry or a medium amount of watering, and it is drought resistant. The Smooth Sumac is also a perennial so you can enjoy it year in and year out. The flowers of the shrub are a lovely yellow color; these attract beautiful butterflies. One of the best attributes to the bush is that it does produce red berry clusters at the end of the flowers lifespan, these last long into the winter months. To keep your red berry clusters going you will need three to five shrubs, the shrub is dioecious, meaning that female and male grow from separate plants. The female plant is what produces your berry clusters also known as drupes. Wildlife in the winter will use the berries as emergency food as well such as songbirds, wild turkey, and quail. The beautiful plant can be used as a hedge in an area and also as an ornamental piece. You can cut back Smooth Sumac as it grows or burns it again, depending on your style. However, the shrub cannot thrive under the canopy of more massive trees.

Rhus Glabra is respected by naturalists for its bird and butterfly- attracting pyramid-shaped berry clusters. It tolerates many disturbances well, including rabbits and drought. The Rhus Glabra features small yellow-green blooms and fern-like leaves. Grows well in many conditions and can reach maturity. Its fruit encourages wildlife, and it’s an ideal plant for hard-to-grow lawns.