Virginia Sumac, Rhus



Deep orange to red staghorn sumac leaves in the colors of the rainbow in autumn.

The sumac of Virginia, also called Sumac vinegar is a small tree with the rounded port which one appreciates for its red fruits but which also poses some problems for its invading side.

In summary, what you need to know:

Name: Rhus typhina
Family: Anacardiaceae
Type: Shrub

: 5 m
Exposure: Sunny
Ground: Ordinary

: Caduc
Flowering: June to August

Plantation of the Sumac of Virginia:

Unimportant, the plantation of the poison ivy is taking place in spring and autumn.

  • Prefer a sunny place, the nature of the soil is of little importance.
  • Water well after planting
  • The growth of Virginia Sumac is fast, plan enough space to grow
  • Follow our advice planting shrubs.

Multiplication by root cuttings in autumn.

Attention, Take precautions when handling roots because they are very toxic.

Size of the Virginia Sumac:

Before pruning your Virginia Sumac, wear gloves because the toxicity of the tree can cause severe dermatitis.

  • No size is essential
  • If you want to reshape your Sumac or balance its silhouette, cut in the fall.
  • Remove the suckers that come out of the soil as you go.
    This avoids too much proliferation of the shrub.

To know about the sumac of Virginia:


Very beautiful shrub with spectacular summer bloom, the Sumac is also remarkable for the beauty of the flamboyant foliage it offers in the fall.

It is one of the most beautiful ornamental shrubs from September to December.

Easy maintenance, you will install preferably isolated, because over the years it often becomes wider than high.

Be careful though because the Sumac Virginia can be invasive, both by the pollination of its seeds than by its underground roots.

The fruits of Sumac Virginia:

The fruits of the poison ivy are used to make a lemonade made by decocting the fruits. The sour taste gave the other name of Virginia Sumac, the vinegar.

Its fruits are rich in vitamin C and tannins.

Toxicity of Sumac Virginia:

Avoid contact with the leaves and sap of Virginia Sumac, Rhus typhina as this can cause severe dermatitis.

Other species like Rhus toxicodendron and Rhus vernicifera are very toxic to humans and animals.

Smart tip about Virginia Sumac:

Give your garden color by planting this original shrub.

To read also on the shrubs:

  • The size of the shrubs

  • Flowering calendar of shrubs


Video: Staghorn sumac (rhus typhina) identification video.


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