A row of staghorn sumac, with yellow-green leaves
Staghorn Sumac
The Staghorn Sumac is not recommended in small gardens as it suckers and spreads quickly. It is a pleasing sight, especially in the fall, when leaves turn extremely colourful. Other names: Vinegar-tree, (Rhus hirta, Sumac amarante)
Botanical Name: Rhus typhina
Nom Français: Sumac vinaigrier


Bloom colour: Green | Red
Pollinators: Birds
Sun or Shade: Full Sun
Plant Type: Shrub | Tree
Height: Up to 35 feet (4 to 10 meters)
It grows well in hardiness zones:


Sandy and rocky sites, abandoned fields.
Water requirement: Low water requirement.
Does best on well-drained, sandy, poor-quality, dry, sterile soils but is adaptable.


Can be invasive for most shrub borders. Spreads by root suckers. Easily transplanted. Best on hard-to-cover areas with poorer soils or for naturalizing in wild areas. Adaptable to other soil types but does best on well-drained, sandy, poor-quality, dry, sterile soils. Tolerates city conditions.
Can be shrub-like or a small tree. Short trunk. As wide as tall. Each leaf is composed of several leaflets. Cluster of red berries covered in a thin layer of hairs.


Spread: Spreading branches create a flat-topped and dense thicket.


The staghorn is named after the horns of a male deer (stag) due to its soft, velvety, antler-like branches.

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