Fragrant Sumac ground cover

ground covers for sunHere are some popular ground covers for sun. Some are low-growing woody shrubs and others herbaceous perennials.

Creeping cotoneaster Photo: ©Y.Cunnington

Bearberry Cotoneaster (C. dammeri): Pronounced Co-toe-nee-as-ter. Low-growing shrub hardy from Zone 4 to 8. Evergreen, but loses foliage in colder regions.

Glossy leaves, tiny white flowers in late spring. 'Skogholm' produces glossy red berries, 'Coral Beauty' coral berries. Grows 12 inches (30 cm) tall. Excellent ground covers for sun on banks or slopes. Spacing: 3 to 5 feet (90 cm-1.5 m) apart.

Creeping juniper
Photo: © Y.Cunnington

Creeping Juniper
(Juniperus species):

Low growing evergreen Shore Juniper (Juniperus conferta) cultivars 'Emerald Sea' and 'Blue Pacific' make good ground covers for sun, and they are hardy from Zone 5 to 9.

They are salt-tolerant and grow 8 to 12 inches (20-30 cm) tall. Space: 5 to 10 feet (1.5-3 m.) apart.

Creeping Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis) cultivars are hardy from Zone 3 to 9. 'Bar Harbor', 'Blue Chip', 'Emerald Spreader', 'Prince of Wales', 'Turquoise Spreader', and 'Wiltonii' (also called 'Blue Rug') are all excellent. Spacing: 3 to 5 feet (90 cm-1.5 m) apart.

Cutleaf Stephanandra (Stephanandra incisa 'Crispa'): Low, wide-spreading deciduous shrub with arching branches; hardy from Zone 3 to 7. Tends to root wherever stems touch soil; while it's a good ground cover for sun, it also tolerates light shade. Does not have showy flowers. Grows 18 to 36 inches (45-90 cm) tall. Spacing: 3 to 5 feet (90 cm-1.5 m).

Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica 'Gro-low'): Low, spreading deciduous shrub hardy from Zone 3 to 9.

Glossy foliage, fast-growing; an excellent ground cover for sun, and for banks or slopes. Red fruit in late summer. Salt- and shade tolerant, grows 2 feet (60 cm) tall, spreads 6 to 8 feet (1.8-2.5 m). Spacing: 3 to 4 feet (90-100 cm) apart.


Part 2

2012-11-13 08:39:45 by Nurseryman75

In North America, the Smooth Sumac (R. glabra) and the Staghorn Sumac (R. typhina) are sometimes used to make a beverage termed "sumac-ade," "Indian lemonade" or "rhus juice". This drink is made by soaking the drupes in cool water, rubbing them to extract the essence, straining the liquid through a cotton cloth and sweetening it. Native Americans also used the leaves and drupes of the Smooth and Staghorn Sumacs combined with tobacco in traditional smoking mixtures.
Species including the Fragrant Sumac (R. aromatica), the Littleleaf Sumac (R. microphylla), the Skunkbush Sumac (R. trilobata), the Smooth Sumac and the Staghorn Sumac are grown for ornament, either as the wild types or as cultivars


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