- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
- Mature Height: 5-12' tall
- Mature Width: 4-6' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
- Spacing: 4-6' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, finches, mockingbirds & thraashers, vireos, wood warblers
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
Why the Audubon® Fragrant Sumac?
If you have a dry, sunny, barren space to fill in or a slope that’s hard to mow, you can take care of it beautifully, while benefiting wildlife as well. Fragrant Sumac is a native spreading Accent that fills up challenging sites with fresh greenery. In fall, that rich green foliage becomes a kaleidoscope of gold, orange, red, and purple. In very sunny sites, it turns into a flaming mass of scarlet. Pollinators delight in the pale yellow flowers of Fragrant Sumac in spring, while hungry songbirds will take advantage of the red fruits on female plants in winter. A treat for you and the creatures you share your space with!
A wide-ranging native, Fragrant Sumac is found in some form in every state in the lower 48. Our version grows east of the Rocky Mountains; another, similar version grows in the West. People who encounter Fragrant Sumac in the wild may be nervous, because its three-parted leaves look a lot like Poison Ivy. Although they’re related, there’s nothing to worry about with Fragrant Sumac! It won’t give you a rash. One notable difference between the two plants is the fruit: Poison Ivy’s is white and Fragrant Sumac’s is red. The red drupes make a refreshing lemonade-like drink when steeped in water.
How to use in the landscape?
Several interesting moth species feed on Fragrant Sumac. One is the showy emerald moth. As an adult, it is a gorgeous lime-green moth, but as a caterpillar it looks like a dead leaf that’s been torn up. Fragrant Sumac also hosts the pretty yellow slant-line moth and the large and striking regal moth.
Why Bower & Branch?
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
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Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Mature Height: 5-12' tall
Mature Width: 4-6' wide
Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
Spacing: 4-6' apart
How To Plant
Fragrant Sumac is an easygoing native plant that both novice and experienced gardeners will love. Plant it in full sun for the most intense orange-red fall color. In partly shaded sites, the color will be more subdued, but still nice. It’s not fussy about soils, but it will be happiest in those that are relatively light (sandy). Good drainage is a must. Water your Fragrant Sumac regularly during the first year or two of establishment. After that, it will be quite drought tolerant. Prune if desired to encourage denser branching, or simply let it do its thing.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
Hardiness Zone: 3-9