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Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac

Rhus typhina 'Laciniata'

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Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina 'Laciniata') at Gertens

Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac in fall

Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac in fall

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Plant Height:  10 feet

Flower Height:  15 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3b

Description:

An exotic tall shrub with stout, pithy stems and tropical-looking finely cut leaves clustered at the ends, quite leggy; showy upright spikes of red-purple fruit lasting into winter and brilliant fall colors; suckers vigorously, ideal for naturalizing

Ornamental Features

Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. The crimson fruits are carried on showy plumes displayed in abundance from late summer to late winter. It has spikes of yellow flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid summer. It has green foliage throughout the season. The deeply cut ferny pinnately compound leaves turn an outstanding scarlet in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac is an open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity extending to 15 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Gertens Sizes and Prices

#2 container - $21.99
#5 container - $32.99

* Sizes and availability are subject to change. Please check with the store for specific details.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features