Rhus aromatica

Fragrant Sumac

In Stock: 0.709 lb (Total:0.709lb)
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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in hot tap water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, keep moist, mulch the seed bed, can be sown outdoors in the fall for spring germination| sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: if boiling water treatment does not allow seed to imbibe, sulfuric acid treatment is required|can be fall sown without stratification. 

Introducing Rhus aromatica, the fragrant sumac - a deciduous shrub native to Canada and the United States. With a woody frame reaching up to 4m tall, it produces clusters of yellow flowers in March/April before the leaves emerge, followed by hairy red drupes in July/August. Unlike its relative poison ivy, fragrant sumac leaves and stems have a citrus fragrance when crushed, making it appealing to those in search of a refreshing scent in their gardens. It grows best in well-drained soils between pH ranges of 6.0 to 8.5, and its shallow, fibrous roots make it easily transplantable. This low maintenance plant is perfect for landscapers, designers or anyone interested in adding a new groundcover to their garden. It has a beautiful autumn color, spreading up to 6 to 8 ft around, and is non-toxic, unlike its poisonous counterpart. It's also believed to have astringent properties and can be brewed into a tea or used to make a refreshing lemonade. So why not add this unique and versatile plant to your garden today?

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