stag's horn sumach
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moist but well-drained, moderately-fertile soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to August
- Flower colour: conical clusters of yellow-green flowers
- Other features: on female plants the flowers are followed by deep crimson-red fruit
- Hardiness: fully hardy
An upright, deciduous shrub or small tree with finely-cut dark green leaflets turning spectacular shades of orange-red in autumn. Stag's horn sumach is an excellent specimen plant for a small sunny garden. Since it spreads by suckering avoid planting too close to a lawn or surround the roots with a non-perishable barrier that will restrict the plant's spread.
- Garden care: Wearing stout gardening gloves remove any suckering shoots that arise around the base of the plant.
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