The Smooth Sumac’s Spectacular colors and Endless Appeal
- Native Shrubby Tree
- Edible and Versatile Berries
- Attracts Butterflies and Birds
- Brilliant Fall Colors
Known for its ability to naturalize and its unique spires of red berries, Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra) is a staple in just about all geographical locations. They are absolutely beautiful additions to any garden and are sure to brighten up any afternoon with the colorful birds the berries will attract.
Smooth Sumac is a deciduous shrub that has short, crooked, trunks with charming, dark green leaves laid out in a symmetrical pattern along the branches. Interspersed throughout the bush are cones of petite red berries that add a wonderful splash of color.
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 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!
The Smooth Sumac 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. If you'd like, you can rejuvenate these shrubs by cutting them back to the ground midwinter, however, this is not necessary to maintain a healthy bush.
This Smooth Sumac won't just be delightful to you. Butterflies will love to stop by and check out the yellow-green flowers while birds 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!
This specimen is truly a versatile shrub. Use it as a border or as a foundation plant in your garden. Either way, you'll be rewarded with stunning colors and singing birds for years to come. Order a Smooth Sumac from us 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||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter 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 glabra|
|Mature Height||10 - 15 feet|
|Mature Spread||10 - 15 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Sun|
|Flower Color||Green and Yellow|