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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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period


Urban environment

Requires Protected Site

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Single trunk, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color

Yellow Green

Fall color



Mature height
6 Feet
Mature width
3 Feet
Max height
8 Feet
Max width
8 Feet

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