Smooth Sumac

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Bloom Season
Height At Maturity
Under 20 Feet
November Through April
Sun And Shade,
Border Plants, Drought Tolerant Plants,
Border Plants, Drought Tolerant Plants,
4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
Planting Zones 4-8
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We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

Shipping Dates
Ships November through April


Smooth Sumac is excellent for landscapes that need a little privacy

These trees have a lengthy lifespan of 200 years or more and tolerates extreme temperature ranges. The large panicles of showy red-orange flowers provide food for bees, and the leaves turn brilliant red in the fall. The cylindrical fruits are clusters of round drupes that produce black-brown shiny seeds eaten by songbirds and small mammals. Smooth Sumac is a fire retardant.

If you are looking for a raw material that is versatile and gorgeous, look no further than the Smooth Sumac, Rhus glabra. This shrub grows anywhere from 3 to 6 feet tall in the Rocky Mountains but 10 to 20 feet tall elsewhere. The leaves on this woody shrub are alternate and oblong. The leaf margins usually have coarse teeth, but not always. They have a long taproot and will not spread . Because it does not spread, it is excellent for landscapes that need a little privacy, especially if invasive species are near them. This plant also can be used as a tall privacy hedge when surrounded by trees.

Smooth Sumac produces clusters of fuzzy-winged fruits and seeds

This tree is the only one of our native sumacs with smooth bark on its young stems.  This tree is a woody shrub that grows in dry open places with rocky or sandy soil and is drought-resistant once established. It generally prefers full sun but will grow with some shade, particularly when young.

It is considered easy to grow. In spring, it produces clusters of fragrant white flowers, and later in the summer, it produces clusters of fuzzy-winged fruits and seeds.

These are  the most important native shrub in the grasslands of Colorado. This shrub can tolerate various soils, pH, and moisture conditions. It does not tolerate shade, so it crowds out other species in areas with dense shading from trees. To find more information on this plant, visit this website:

Rooted in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and living as far north as Alaska and as far south as Mississippi, this tree will grow almost anywhere in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 8. That covers most of the US. The leaves change color in fall, ranging from yellow to crimson to scarlet shades.

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