Rhus chinensisRhus chinensis

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Rhus chinensis
  •  PRONUNCIATION roos chi-NEN-sis
  • COMMON NAME: Chinese Sumac
  • FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
  • NATIVITY: China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia
  • GROWTH HABIT: Suckery, 2-4 stemmed shrub. Deciduous
  • SIZE: 15'-25'
  • HARDINESS: Zone 5 - 7
  • CULTURE: Moist to dry soil (not wet).  Full to part sun.  Tolerates difficult conditions.  Will sucker if mulched.
  • LANDSCAPE USE: Good for mass plantings along banks and roadsides.  Orange/yellow fall color. 
  • FOLIAGE: stem. Alternate, pinnately compound with a winged petiole and rachis.
  • BUDS: Pubescent, gray-brown with a C-shaped leaf scar.
  • BARK: Pubescent, thick coarse stem.
  • FLOWER: Dramatic yellowish-white flowers in August/September.
  • FRUIT: Densely pubescent, orange-red drupe maturing in October.
  • PROPAGATION: Seeds and cuttings.
  • PESTS: None serious.
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