Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac

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The tropical-looking beauty of the Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina 'Dissecta') is actually anything but exotic! These are actually attractive native shrub cultivars with dramatic finely dissected leaves and uniquely twisting branches!

The real show begins when the finely divided green foliage turns a beautiful orange and fire red in fall! The twisted branches are revealed after the foliage drops. Many liken the bare branches and new growth to deers' antlers, hence the name 'staghorn'.

Cutleaf Sumac forms a wide-spreading shape at maturity, potentially growing 18 feet high and 12-15 feet wide but with training and pruning, you can create an open, spreading shrub or limb it up to form a small multi-branched tree. This xeric, deciduous shrub is highly adaptable throughout USDA planting zones 3 to 8!

Planting and Application:

Cutleaf Staghorn are impressive hedges for fast privacy and screening during the growing season. Their height bulks up a windbreak and snow drift hedge while slower-growing evergreens fill in. They also are wonderful for creating groupings and wildlife habitats, readily naturalizing in wild areas.

The greenish flame-shaped fruit turns bright red in autumn and persists through the winter, providing food for birds and wildlife. While deer will usually leave these shrubs alone unless desperate, so fill those out-of-the-way areas with unique native beauty! Staghorn Sumac can be used as an accent or in mass plantings, filling hard-to-mow hillsides and eroding slopes in soil-stabilizing thickets, naturalizing clumps, and bird-friendly groupings.

A single specimen can be limbed up into a tree form by exposing the unique trunks! A single tree will look lovely in your Rock Garden, as a unique front yard focal point, and as an accent that lights up the landscape border or foundation planting around your home, especially when the autumn rolls around!

  • Cutleafed Colorful Green Foliage
  • Twisting Stems & Unique Bark Texture
  • Dramatic Fiery Red/Orange Fall Color
  • Thicket Forming Groupings or Unique Tree-Forms
  • Hedges, Specimens, Naturalizing, Wildlife Habitat & Windbreaks

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Sumac grows best in average, dry to poor soil as long as it is well-drained. You will get the best color and strongest growth in full sun to part shade. Provide new shrubs ample moisture their first year, but once established, Sumac is wonderfully drought tolerant! All plants appreciate a 3-4 inch deep layer of mulch over their root systems to help with moisture retention.

Prune this non-aggressive Sumac in early spring. You can even cut back the plants right to the ground. This allows new shoots to develop from the roots. This refreshes the plant. It will respond quickly reaching 3-4 feet in the very first season after being cut off. This is called Renewal Pruning and it gives you a steady supply of young, full shoots. Cutleaf Staghorn has no serious insect or disease problems.

  • Full Sun
  • Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate To Low Moisture Needs
  • Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Prune Early Spring/Renewal Prune Every 3-5 Years
  • Deer Tend To Leave This Plant Alone

Fiery fall color and an exotic look without the fuss, order your own Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac today from Nature Hills Nursery! Your pollinators and wildlife will thank you!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

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Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Rhus typhina 'Dissecta'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 18 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Green, Finely Divided
Fall Color Orange, Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring