Handsome, Easy Care Gro-Low Sumac Groundcover
- Wonderful Fragrant Foliage Plant Great Size
- Brilliant Orange and Purple Fall Color
- Use to Cover Ground in Wide Open Areas
- Drought Tolerant Sun Lover
- Cute Green Foliage
- Birds and Butterflies Love It
- Very Low Maintenance
- Rarely Damaged by Rabbits or Deer
Some plants have jobs to do, and groundcover plants are a great example. They cover the ground in poor soil, facing fierce full sun conditions without the luxury of extra water.
Of course, they must be quite attractive and have a spreading growth habit. The ultimate goal of a groundcover shrub is that you can plant them and forget them.
Gro-Low (Rhus aromatica Gro-Low') is a small deciduous shrub that features handsome, glossy dark glossy foliage. Each leaf is made up of 3 cute little leaflets.
The plant is wonderfully aromatic. After all, this native plant was a selection of Fragrant Sumac.
Birds and butterflies will appreciate your choice. And it's really easy on the eyes. This handsome groundcover type shrub easily spreads out to cover open ground for you.
We bet you'll love the nice, rounded form and lovely leaves all season long.
At your home, consider using Gro-Low in those poor soil areas that are hot and dry. Large, open sweeping beds need a common plant that help tie a landscape together. Easy care Gro-Low is an excellent choice to use throughout your plantings to unify them all together.
Grass lawns are high maintenance. Why not eliminate some of those large, grassy open areas with a massed planting of Gro-Low? They are easily maintained at knee high or less if you prefer.
Each plant may spread 6-8 feet across, so you get a long of coverage per plant. This makes it a perfect budget-conscious plant. Yet another reason this plant is so popular!
It looks nice all season with small yellow flowers in spring. In fall, female plants add darling, tiny, fuzzy red fruit.
As well, you'll appreciate the outstanding foliage in autumn. Imagine harvest orange blazed with plum purple. It's absolutely stunning.
This is a super soil holding plant for embankments. Use this instead of trying to mow steep hillsides, which can be very dangerous.
Commercial property owners use them in harsh urban environments along parking lots and raised planters in the concrete jungles - and they just thrive in those hot dry environments. They make an excellent edging plant for large scale plantings and commercial landscapes.
Try them at your home along driveways, terraces. They are even road salt tolerant, so can be used in long street plantings.
Highly ornamental, with a lot of natural appeal, Gro-Low will definitely help boost your style points. Order enough to complete your project today, as it's very popular!
How to Use Gro-Low Sumac in the Landscape
Give these hard-working plants plenty of space to spread out. That's why you are using them, after all! They'll suppress weeds and give beauty to hot, open areas; slopes and rugged areas with poor soil.
These low growing shrubs can spread quickly, so make sure they have enough space.
We have seen that as older plantings eventually become shaded, they do even tolerate more shade. However, you'll probably wind up sacrificing fall color in shaded areas. For the best purple and orange fall color, give them a place in full sun.
This Sumac would look great as a central ornamental feature in your front yard, especially if it's steep site. Even if you are stuck with a flat site, just bring in soil to create a raised berm. Then plant 3 of them in a loose triangle to accent that berm.
Gro-Low Sumacs do well in raised planters in hot, dry areas. They'll love brick, stone, retaining walls. Use mulches for easy, simple maintenance.
Using lawn can be dangerous on sloping sites as heavy mowers can tip or lose balance far too quickly. Gro-Low is great for holding soil in embankments. It can be used in mass plantings, too.
Use the right plant for the right spot. Gro-Lo could be used as an important part of a magnificent Sumac collection. Plant taller Staghorn up top and making your way down the slope with Cutleaf and Tiger Eye. Plan to have the bottom ? of the slope planted in Gro-Low Sumac.
Get creative about managing your slope. It will become a fabulous feature, if you let it. Here is your chance to use large outdoor artwork. Keep it classy or have a blast with novelty pieces. Life is short, so why not!
For a solid, massed planting, plant Gro-Lo 3 feet on center to fill in the whole area. Measure from the center of one plant to the center of the next. Buy our larger plant containers to achieve a full, solid look faster.
Keep new massed plantings weeded. These plants will spread. It's better to plant too few rather than too many.
Accent your planting with large boulders dug well into the side of the slope. Use rugged evergreen Juniper groundcover shrubs as a wonderful partner plant to gain year-round evergreen visual interest.
We predict you'll love this plant as much as we do. It's just a great, fragrant, useful plant.
#ProPlantTips for Care
Gro-Low Sumac is an excellent plant for use in areas where crummy, rocky soils may exist. They can grow in almost any well-drained soil, as long as they get watered well to establish the young plants.
Versatile Gro-Low Sumac is hardy over a very wide range of growing zones. This miniature Fragrant Sumac thrives in acid soils but tolerates alkaline soils, too.
Give young plants a regular schedule of medium moisture to establish. Poke your finger into the ground next to new plant every other day or so. Is it getting dry? Give it water. Is it still moist? Skip watering that day. Once it's established, it is quite drought tolerant.
Prune once a year in early spring. If you need to snip an errant branch, you can do that at any time, including during the hottest parts of summer. Control the spread by trimming them down in height in early spring before they leaf out.
Deer and rabbits don't usually damage it, either. We will say that it's a good idea to use Deer Repellent spray in deer country. Fence young plants as all tender green plants may tempt hungry animals.
Rabbit Repellent can and should be applied to all new plantings, especially if there is any pressure on local rabbit populations. Reapply according to directions on the container.
Get ready to start loving the yummy fragrance and easy care nature of this colorful, drought tolerant, long, sweeping woody native shrub. Autumn color varies from orange and scarlet to a stunning reddish-purple.
It won't be long before your Gro-Low Sumac plantings look established and knockout gorgeous. Order today!
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.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 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|
|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|
|#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|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 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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|Botanical Name||Rhus aromatica 'Gro-Low'|
|Mature Height||2 - 3 feet|
|Mature Spread||6 - 8 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Sun|