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Fragrant Sumac, Lemon Sumac
Scientific Name: Rhus aromatica Ait.
Synonym:
Family: Anacardiaceae
Fragrant Sumac, Lemon Sumac (Rhus  aromatica)
Rhus aromatica fruits, Herman, D.E. et al. 1996. North Dakota tree handbook. USDA NRCS ND State Soil Conservation Committee; NDSU Extension and Western Area Power Admin., Bismarck, ND.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 1-3,10
USDA: 3-8

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Eastern and central United States, southern Canada

Growth Habits: Fast growing deciduous shrub, 3 to 7 feet tall (0.9-2 m), generally below 4 feet tall, spreading to 6 to 10 feet (1.8-3 m); fragrant leaves with 3 leaflets, 3 to 5 inches long (7.5 to 12.5 cm), with paler underside

Watering Needs: Little to no water when established, good drainage

Propagation: Seeds need to be scarified, root cuttings, softwood cuttings in humid chamber, suckers


'Gro-Low' is a variety reaching only 2 feet tall (60 cm).

Herman, D.E. et al. 1996. North Dakota tree handbook.

Blooming Habits:
Tiny greenish-yellow female flowers in small round clusters in the spring before the leaves. The male flowers look like catkins.

Fruiting Habits:
Round cluster of reddish brown drupes, each 0.25 inch in diameter in late summer. When steeped in cold water, they produce a refreshing drink.


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