Rhus glabra

Rhus glabra

Smooth sumac

Previous scientific name(s): Rhus borealis, Rhus calophylla, Rhus glabra var. cismontana, Rhus glabra var. laciniata, Rhus glabra var. occidental

Deciduous thicket-forming, root spreading shrub, commonly 4 to 7 ft., reaching up to 20 ft. tall. Found on moist, fertile, well-drained flats and hillsides from 5,000 to 7,500 feet elevation. Provides valuable cover for wildlife and its berries are an important source of food for birds.

Varieties: 

Species Attributes

Height: 
- 7 
feet
Native or Introduced: 
Native
Precipitation: 
10 
in.
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Part Sun
Elevation: 
5,000 
- 7,500 
ft.

Soil Texture

Coarse: 
Marginal
Moderately Coarse: 
Average
Medium: 
Best
Moderately Fine: 
Average
Fine: 
Not Adapted

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Average
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Marginal
Seeding Rate: 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
45.10 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
49,000
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes
Bloom Color: 
Yellow
Blooming Season: 
Spring
Fruit Color: 
Dark Red Berries