Fragrant Sumac Care

Close up of red berries on a fragrant sumac tree

If you haven’t been exposed to fragrant sumac, prepare for a delightful surprise. This native plant is a low-growing deciduous shrub. It forms thickets in nature via underground rhizomes, grows from a compact crown, and spreads wide thanks to its sprawling branches. This sumac variety bears both male and female flowers in summer. The male catkins remain on the branches all winter long. Female flowers are pretty and produce clusters of red berries that attract wildlife. The shrub’s main ornamental value comes from deep green leaves that burn glorious shades of red, orange and purple in fall. Why “fragrant” sumac? The foliage as well as the twigs exude a powerful fragrance when bruised. It attracts wildlife of all kinds including butterflies and luna moths. The berries are beloved by the turkey, ruffed grouse, robins, and flickers, as well as small mammals like raccoons, possums, and chipmunks. Fragrant Sumac Care As […]

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