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Rhus aromatica var. aromatica

Fragrant Sumac

Scientific Name:

Rhus aromatica var. aromatica

Genus:

Rhus

Species Epithet:

aromatica

Common Name:

Fragrant Sumac

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Anacardiaceae (Cashew Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Yellow, Green

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

Feb, March, April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Rocky, rather dry, woodlands, usually over mafic rocks (such as gabbro or diabase) or calcareous rocks, less commonly in sandy soils. Uncommon in NC Mountains and Piedmont, rare in Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

Attracts birds and butterflies.
Var. aromatica is the only NC variety.

Plants

image

Tom Harville

Leaves

image

Tom Harville

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

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