Rhus copallinum


Common Names: Shining sumac, winged sumac, dwarf sumac, flameleaf sumac
Category: Trees
Sub-category: Sumac

It is a deciduous tree growing to 3.5 to 5.5 m tall and an equal spread with a rounded crown. Shining sumac is often cultivated, where it is well-suited to natural and informal landscapes because it has underground runners which spread to provide dense, shrubby cover for birds and wildlife. This species is valued for ornamental planting because of its lustrous dark green foliage which turns a brilliant orange-red in fall. The tiny, greenish-yellow flowers, borne in compact, terminal panicles, are followed by showy red clusters of berries which persist into the winter. The tree grows in full sun or part shade. Soil tolerances include clay, loam, sand, slightly alkaline, acidic, and well-drained soil.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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