Rhus aromatica
Fragrant Sumac

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Butterfly FriendlyDeer ResistantPart ShadeFall Color
Fragrant Sumac
Rhus aromatica

Dainty, yellow flowers appear before the foliage in early spring followed by loads of colorful red and orange fruit that persist well into the winter. Easy to grow, its small shiny leaves and fuzzy stems make it stand out. Critters love the food and cover it provides.

Spring flowers attract butterflies
Host plant for red-banded hairstreak butterfly
Red berries are eaten by birds and other small mammals
Great fall color, looks best planted in groups
Drought tolerant once established
Deer tend not to eat this shrub

Native Range

Open, rocky woodlands, fields and prairies east of the Rocky Mountains in Canada and the upper Midwest, south to Texas and the gulf coast.

Interesting Facts

Native Americans made "Indian Lemonade"; a prized refreshment made from the ripe fruits of Rhus aromatica and used the bark as an astringent.


Easy to grow. Prefers average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of wide range of soils except those that are poorly drained.

Mature Size: 6-8ft. Tall x 6-10ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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