- Hardiness Zone: 2-9
- Mature Height: 9-15' tall
- Mature Width: 9-15' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
- Spacing: 9-15' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, waxwings, wood warblers, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, chickadees & titmice, orioles, cardinals & grosbeaks, crows & jays, sparrows, nuthatches, vireos, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and wrens
- 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® Smooth Sumac?
Sizzling hot fall color that will set your landscape ablaze! If fall is your favorite season, have we got a treat for you. Smooth Sumac responds to the cooling temperatures of autumn with foliage that transforms from emerald-green to raging red. Along the way, it may show a mix of green, yellow, orange, red, and purple leaves all at once. When the show is over, you’ll look forward to the arrival of songbirds, who come to nibble the red fruits on female plants in winter. Veeries, phoebes, catbirds, cardinals, flickers, chickadees, robins, and juncos are some of the many birds that enjoy Smooth Sumac seeds.
Many people are afraid of Smooth Sumac, because they confuse it with the painfully rash-inducing Poison Sumac that grows in swamps. Smooth Sumac is perfectly safe to touch and does not grow in permanently wet soil. It is found in well-drained, moist to dry sites all over the U.S.—in fact, it grows wild in every one of the lower 48 states! Smooth Sumac is a hit with pollinators when its fat clusters of greenish-yellow flowers bloom in summer. Some native bees also make use of the stems by overwintering inside of them.
How to use in the landscape?
Smooth Sumac usually takes the form of a slowly spreading clump, but you can also train this Accent into a picturesque tree. Be vigilant about removing new shoots, and the plant will put its energy into making an interesting, single-trunked specimen. The nation’s largest tree-form Smooth Sumac, in Washington State, stands 35 feet tall and has a trunk eight inches thick!
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: 2-9
Mature Height: 9-15' tall
Mature Width: 9-15' wide
Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
Spacing: 9-15' apart
How To Plant
Give Smooth Sumac a spacious, sunny site where its spreading ways will not be a nuisance. Alternately, you can plant it where it will be hemmed in by concrete barriers (this rugged plant also adapts readily to city life). Never put it near more delicate plants. Smooth Sumac is not fussy about soil, but the soil must be free-draining. After the plant is established, you’ll seldom need to water. Blasting heat and bitter cold are no problem. Smooth Sumac is late to leaf out in spring, so don’t fret if you don’t see action when your other plants are emerging.
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: 2-9