Low Fragrant Sumac

Staff Pick of the Week!

Ron Wilson shares one of his favorite plants for the landscape!

Why did you pick this plant?
This is a low maintenance low growing deciduous shrub that is way underused in the landscape. Looking for a low hedge that rarely needs pruning? Or a mass planting on a hillside or need a taller groundcover? This plant offers year round interest (winter stems, spring flowers, good green leaves, excellent fall colors). Once you recognize what it looks like, you’ll start to see it in parking lot islands, hillside plantings (corner or 5 Mile and Beechmont Ave. is a huge hillside planting), and low massing hedge (corner or Hopewell and Montgomery Rd as a low hedge in the corner planting). So many uses, yet way under used. –Ron Wilson

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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