Rhus copallinum

Common name: Shining Sumac

Native plant

By far the most brilliant fall color of all sumacs that you would want to grow in your yard. The name “Shining” comes from the fact that the leaves are glabrous (hairless) and are very shiny in sunlight. Very site-sensitive, which means that it must be in a light, well-drained soil (sand is best) and full sun. I have grown it on heavy soils, and it gets a wilt that doesn’t totally kill it but makes a mess.


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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

Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period



Requires Protected Site

Growth form

Multi-stemmed, Single trunk, Colonizing

General information

Mature height
6 Feet
Mature width
3 Feet
Max height
8 Feet
Max width
8 Feet
Growth rate
Flower color
Yellow Green
Fall color

Additional information

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