Smooth Sumac Shrub

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The Sumac has spectacular colors and endless appeal! An American native shrub or small tree, the colony-forming plants are known for their ability to naturalize! The combination of their unique spires of red berries, Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra) is a staple in just about all geographical locations around the US!

They are absolutely beautiful additions to any garden and are sure to brighten up any afternoon with the colorful birds the berries will attract. Backed by a tropical flourish of highly compound green foliage, laid out in a symmetrical pattern along the branches.

The Smooth Sumac is a deciduous shrub that has short, crooked, trunks with charming. Interspersed throughout the bush are cones of petite red berries that add a wonderful splash of color. The form can be trained into a pretty tree form with some training and pruning!

The interest doesn't end there though, as fall takes hold, this bush will turn a stunning shade of red to add a second season of color! You'll love the brilliant look of the Smooth Sumac as it transitions from green to scarlet in your garden!

This showy edible and medicinal plant has many uses, some dating back hundreds of years! Native Americans would collect young sprouts and use them as salads. Nowadays, the berries are more widely used than the plant itself as they can be chewed on to quench thirst or prepared as a drink similar to lemonade!

Planting and Application:

This Smooth Sumac won't just be delightful to you; Butterflies will love to stop by and check out the yellow-green flowers while songbirds will create a constant flutter in your garden as they stop to snack on the berries. If you like to birdwatch, this shrub is an absolute must-have! Great for creating habitat and native ecosystem shelterbelts.

This specimen is truly a versatile shrub. Use it as a border or as a foundation plant in your garden. Sumac is simply a spectacular fall garden plant! Use one on a corner of your home for a showy anchor, or native focal point in the sun garden.

These native American shrubs or small trees will expand by root suckering to create a wide-spreading plant. Read the Plant Highlights to see how far each plant will spread. This plant helps in soil conservation, and Sumac will create the most amazing drifts of brilliant fall color. It is an ideal choice when used en masse along the edge of a woodland area or in groupings to shelter and feed birds and wildlife!

If you have a steep hill on your property, please turn it into a focal point in your landscape. After all, it's far safer and more attractive to use a naturalized planting of Sumac for cover, than to try to grow and mow turf on a steep slope. These colonizing shrubs also help control erosion on hillsides and along the banks and can be Xeric once established!

  • Showy Tropical Highly Compound Leaves
  • Attracts Tons of Butterflies
  • Native Shrub or Tree
  • Edible & Bird-Friendly Red Berries
  • Brilliant Fall Colors
  • Native Habitat, Hedges, Erosion, Screening & Specimens

#ProPlantTips for Care:

The deciduous Sumac Shrub is one of the easiest and hardiest plants to have in your garden. It thrives in dry, well-drained, soils and full sun. It's no wonder the Smooth Sumac is the only shrub to be native to all 48 of the contiguous United States growing zones 3 to 9!

Provide regular water during new plants' first years in the ground, but once established, Sumac are drought tolerant! Mulch keeps weed competition down and holds moisture in the soil more evenly while protecting the roots from heat and chill.

Prune when dormant to control size and shape. If you'd like, you can rejuvenate these shrubs by cutting them back to the ground mid-winter, however, this is not necessary to maintain a healthy shrub.

  • Full Sun Shrubs
  • Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs
  • Prune Or Cut Down When Dormant
  • Hardy Drought-Tolerant Deciduous Native

Native hardiness, red fruit and fall color, fine textured exotic-looking leaves, and tough resilience! You'll be rewarded with stunning colors and singing birds for years to come. Order a Smooth Sumac from Nature Hills Nursery 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

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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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Smooth Sumac Shrub Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Rhus glabra
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 10 - 15 feet
Mature Spread 10 - 15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Yellowish-Green
Foliage Green
Fall Color Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time When Dormant