Rhus typhina

Common name: Staghorn Sumac

Native plant

The common name “Staghorn” is derived from the pubescence (hair) on the stems that look like a buck’s antler. Requires full sun and soil with good drainage. Can grow to 20 feet. Fall color is red-orange. Suckers rather vigorously. Within the group west of my house, I have planted shade-tolerant trees (beeches and buckeyes). These trees will eventually push the staghorn out, but in the meantime the sumac provides shade for these shade-loving plants.

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Plant Details

Plant type

Shrub

Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Spring

Urban environment

Harsh Exposure Tolerant, Compacted/New Construction Soils, Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood

Habitat

Savannas, Urban Suited

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Single trunk, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate

Moderate

Flower color

Yellow Green

Fall color

Orange Red

Size

Mature height
15 Feet
Mature width
6 Feet
Max height
20 Feet
Max width
15 Feet

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