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. I have a large grove of these plants in the field, and deer occasionally rub their antlers on the bark. 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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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

Large Shrub, 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, New Construction, Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood

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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