Smooth Sumac

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Planting Zones 4-8
Ships November
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Height At Maturity
Under 20 Feet
Sun And Shade,
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Border Plants, Drought Tolerant Plants,

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Smooth Sumac Description

Smooth Sumac 

Smooth Sumac, also known botanically as Rhus glabra is a deciduous sumac shrub that will add interest all year to your home garden landscape.

A fantastic choice because of its blooms, Smooth Sumac is a favorite of gardeners everywhere. In spring and early summer, Smooth Sumac produces yellowish-green flowers in upright cone-shaped panicles that grow up to ten inches long. The plant then produces hairy pyramid-shaped clusters of berries that ripen to a bright red in the autumn.

The Smooth Sumac berries are juicy and tart, providing a delicious ingredient for making Smooth Sumac lemonade. The Smooth Sumac is not toxic, and skin issues caused by smooth Sumac or any sumac other than poison sumac are not medically proven. Smooth Sumac-ade has been a favorite of Native Americans for centuries and is a terrific drink for keeping cool on a hot day. 

Smooth Sumac leaves will create a blazing red all season long. When the leaves drop from the tree, Smooth Sumac retains the clusters of fruits that will appear overly ripe and dark burgundy and are very attractive against the bare branches of the shrub.

Smooth sumac care and maintenance

Smooth Sumac grows best in full sun to partial shade, yet its blooms and fall leaf color will be more profuse in full sun. Smooth Sumac is very adaptable to well-drained soil types and will not thrive in overly wet soil. As your Smooth Sumac shrub establishes itself, irrigate it regularly by providing a deep watering once a week. Watering can be stopped after the first growing season when rainwater will provide the moisture it requires. 


The Smooth Sumac shrub can deal with a wide range of temperatures in all 48 U.S. States and southern Canada. Since it thrives in any soil condition, there is no need to fertilize your Smooth Sumac shrub. Its berries are a feast for over 300 birds and other wildlife over winter, and butterflies are extremely attracted to this shrub. For beautiful color and amazing bird-watching, plant Smooth Sumac in your home garden landscape today!

Smooth Sumac is now available at TN Nursery at low prices with fast shipping.

Reviews (2)

  • 5
    Smooth Sumac

    Posted by Alexander William on Oct 03, 2022

    The trees were delivered in a very presentable manner. I planted them according to the directions.

  • 5
    Smooth Sumac

    Posted by Ava Johnson on Oct 03, 2022

    The plants were delivered undamaged and in good condition.


Shipping Information

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.

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