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Sumac, prairie flameleaf (Rhus lanceolata)

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Flameleaf sumac is a medium sized tree up to 20 feet.  It is usually multi-trunked, has white flowers and the fruit is red. Drought resistant when established. Prairie Flameleaf Sumac is relatively fast growing, generally pest- and disease-free, and heat-, cold-, and drought-tolerant. It has outstanding orange-red fall color. It has pale trunk and branches, green summer leaves, and pyramidal clusters of red fall fruit. 

Plant in sun or part sun and enjoy the fall color. Provide good drainage. Flameleaf sumac produces berries that, when soaked in water, make a tart, tasty, high-Vitamin C tea/lemonade.

It is an excellent, relatively fast growing landscaping choice because of its ornamental fruits and fall foliage. 

AT A GLANCE

  • Texas native
  • Drought tolerant
  • Full sun to part sun
  • 12-20 ft tall
  • Wildlife value: butterflies, birds
  • Host plant: Red-banded Hairstreak, Banded Hairstreak 
  • Deer resistant
  • Special value to native bees
  • Provides Nesting Materials/Structure for Native Bees

 

 

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