Fragrant Sumac is typically a fine textured shrub with dark glossy green leaves above with pubescence beneath resulting in a gray-green summer color. The foliage is aromatic, desirable to some, the source of the common name Shunk Bush to others. The foliage turns good combinations of yellow, orange, and red in autumn. A very tought underutilized shrub for xeriscapes and low maintenance gardens.
Plant Habit or Use:
Small shrub, medium shrub
Green to yellow-green, females inconspicuous, males in 1 inch to 2 inch catkins that are mildly interesting.
1 inch to 3 inch panicles of red-brown drupes
2 ft to 8 ft, highly variable by site and genotype.
4 ft to 10 ft, variable but often wider than tall.
Explanation of the Earth–Kind® Index breakdown
- Heat Tolerance: High Heat Tolerance
- Water Requirements: Low Water Use
- Soil Requirements: Low Soil Requirements
- Pest Tolerance: High Pest Resistance
- Fertility Requirements: Low Fertility Requirements
USDA Hardiness Zones:
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Regions that intersect these hardiness zones:
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Region A - Panhandle and High Plains• Region B - North and Central Texas• Region C - Northeast and East Texas• Region D - West Texas• Region E - Upper Rio Grande• Region F - Hill Country and Central Coast• Region G - Southeast Texas• Region H - Rio Grande Valley
Very useful plant that deserves more selection and trial work; West Texas native that has found limited use in the Midwest and Northeastern USA; low growing forms have been selected.