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Fall color

Shining Sumac, Wing-rib Sumac, Winged Sumac, Black Sumac, Mountain Sumac, Upland Sumac
Rhus copallina var. copallina


Shining Sumac is a fast-growing but short-lived small tree of east Texas that is usually found in openings and edges of forest and woods. The winged, featherlike leaves turn a brilliant red in the fall. It grows to 30 to 35 ft and suckers readily, forming large groves. Female trees bear dense red clusters of fruit in summer that remain on the branches until winter. The fruit is an imporant food for wildlife.

Plant Habit or Use: large shrub small tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: pale green or white

Blooming Period: summer fall

Fruit Characteristics: red berries

Height: to 35 ft.

Width: to 35 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements: low

Soil Requirements: acid adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

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