Shining sumac is a very adaptable, large, colony-forming shrub to small tree used in groups in the shrub border, as a large bank cover or in naturalizing areas. The shining dark green foliage turns a flaming red to red-purple in the fall. In addition, female plants produce terminal clusters of greenish-yellow flowers that mature into clusters of small, red hairy fruits in September and October. An excellent plant for poor dry soils.
This species is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm’s Plants of the Chicago Region.
- Family (English) Cashew, Sumac
- Family (botanic) Anacardiaceae
- Tree or plant type Tree, Shrub
- Native locale Chicago area, Illinois, North America
- Size range Large shrub (more than 8 feet), Compact tree (10-15 feet), Small tree (15-25 feet)
- Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Hardiness zones Zone 4, Zone 5 (Chicago), Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
- Soil preference Acid soil, Dry soil, Moist, well-drained soil
- Tolerances Alkaline soil, Clay soil, Dry sites, Occasional drought, Road salt
- Season of interest early winter, early fall, mid fall, late fall
- Flower color and fragrance Yellow
- Shape or form Broad, Irregular, Multi-stemmed, Thicket-forming, Upright
- Growth rate Fast