Staghorn Sumac

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Hardy Shrub with Distinctive Features

Staghorn Sumac is deciduous shrub with showy, summer flowers and unique features.  Plant one is a naturalized area of your landscape or perhaps use one in a spot where you have difficult soils.

Your Staghorn Sumac is a unique shrub.  Its name is derived from the hairy-like covering on the stems reminiscent of velvet on a stag’s (male deer), antlers. 

The compound, pinnate leaves are a bright green (with several leaflets), and can grow up to two feet long.  The effect of the foliage is similar to that of a fern-like plant, light and airy amid the denser, more compact plants of your landscape. 

As the season progresses, the leaves turn to coppery/orange tones for a bright splash of color in the autumn landscape. 

One of the most interesting characteristics of your Staghorn is its unusual flowers.  Green-hued, yellow flowers form in spring.  Eight-inch tall, pyramid-shaped clusters of drupes appear on the female plants.  The berry-like drupes ripen to red in late summer/early fall, and mature to a brown color that tends to persist throughout the winter months.  Your wildlife will appreciate the late season treat.

Staghorn Sumac will grow to 25 feet tall with an equal spread.  It’s a hardy shrub with no significant disease or insect problems.  Staghorn does well in difficult soils, and in fact can be an aggressive spreader.

If you have some problem areas where you could use a sizable shrub with distinctive features, then Staghorn Sumac is for you.

* Stems that resemble stag horns
* Summer flowers and fruit
* Fall color
* Wildlife interest
* Prefers full sun


Staghorn Sumac Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Rhus typhina
Foliage Green
Mature Height 10 - 25 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 25 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellow
Fall Color Yellow, Orange, Red