Rhus aromatica

Common name: Fragrant Sumac

Native plant

The “fragrant” in fragrant sumac refers to the odor that is released from crushing the stems or leaves, or standing next to it. Whether or not that odor is a pleasant one could be debated! Does best on warm, dry sites with lots of sun, but it is surprisingly adaptable to light shade. Part of the Black Oak Savanna complex. Fall color is an excellent reddish-orange with bright red fruit. A great companion plant for upright or vertical plants because of its layering habit.  For this reason, it is also a great habitat providing plant.


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Pricing information per unit for 5 gallon growing method
1 to 10 units $19.50
11 to 24 units $17
25 or more units $14.50

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not to Wet Not to Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Harsh Exposure Tolerant, Road-side/Salt Tolerant

Growth form

Multi-stemmed, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Red Orange


Mature height
5 Feet
Mature width
4 Feet
Max height
8 Feet
Max width
10 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Pollinator hot spot

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