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Smooth Sumac
Scientific Name: Rhus glabra L.
Synonym:
Family: Anacardiaceae
Smooth Sumac (Rhus  glabra)
Rhus glabra fruits, Herman, D.E. et al. 1996. North Dakota tree handbook. USDA NRCS ND State Soil Conservation Committee; NDSU Extension and Western Area Power Admin., Bismarck, ND.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 1-10,14-17
USDA: 3-9

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Eastern North America

Growth Habits: Deciduous shrub or small tree, 9 to 15 feet tall and wide (2.7-4.5 m); young stems are not pubescent; pinnately compound leaves, 12 to 18 inches long (30-45 cm), with 11 to 31 leaflets, finely hairy underside

Watering Needs: Little to no water when established, good drainage

Propagation: Seeds need to be scarified, root cuttings, suckers


Rhus glabra 'Cismontana' is a dwarf variety.

Herman, D.E. et al. 1996. North Dakota tree handbook.

Blooming Habits:
Dioecious, flowering in early summer, inconspicuous greenish white flowers

Fruiting Habits:
The fruits come on female plants, they are dark red, round and hairy, 0.12 inch long (3 mm). They ripen in the fall but persist through the winter.


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