Flame Leaf Sumac

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Flame Leaf Sumac Description

Flame Leaf Sumac

Flame Leaf Sumac Tree - Rhus aromatica makes an Excellent Addition to your Landscape by adding Fragrant Aromaticsto that attracts Butterflies and Bees to your Garden Space.  

This tree is a deciduous shrub. It is native to the United States and Canada. This woody plant grows rounded and can reach six to twelve feet in height. In the spring (March to April), it produces fragrant yellow flowers before its leaves emerge. The early spring flower is a nectar source for butterflies.

The female shrub produces red droops that can be brewed in tea. These are often consumed by birds and small animals and are presented in July or August, and the sags can last on the tree until the following March when flowers are ready to bloom again.

The leaves are virtually uneditable to mammals due to their high tannin content. When crushed, the leaves and stems of the Sumac produce a citrus odor. Native Indians used sumac roots to create a yellow dye. Due to their high tannin levels, the leaves and bark were used for tanning leather. Fragrant is a deciduous shrub with a USDA Hardiness for zones three through nine.

In the most northern part of its range, it can grow approximately five feet at maturity, but it has grown as tall as ten feet if allowed in other areas.

You can expect the plant to grow anywhere from 6 to 8 feet around the perimeter. It's successful in various locations like cliff ends, forest floors, and fields. It thrives in the full sun but can tolerate some shade.

The shrub also prefers land up high, so if you have a hill or a side of the garden, which is steep, that might be the perfect home for this bush.


Flame Leaf Sumac is a Canadian and United States native that is great for various climates

When identifying this plant, the easiest way is to notice its three compound leaf patterns. It looks incredibly similar to poison ivy (mainly because they are in the same family), but the shrub is not poisonous.

One of the most incredible things about it is the color change it goes through during season changes. They can range from orange to deep red. The name Fragrant is about the distinct smell this plant has.

Some people describe the scent as similar to lemon or citrus, while others pick up a woody resin scent. 

Natives of Canada and the United States have used fragrant shrubs over the centuries for their astringent properties, which assist with poultices. Natives have been known to use the root to create a medicine for diarrhea. There is also a recipe that uses the Sumac fruit to make tea, which tastes like lemonade. 

If you enjoy wildlife, you'll also be happy to know that this plant supplies a significant amount of food to birds, deer, and other animals, especially in the winter when food is scarce. 

This shrub does produce flowers if a female plant looks like tiny clusters of yellow blooms attached to a stem. These flowers reach out of the brush and present themselves around springtime.

It is not poisonous, but its leaves resemble its relative, the poison ivy. The leaves are trifoliate and alternate. They are about one to two inches in length, and the middle leaf of the trifoliate is usually the largest. In the fall, the leaves change and can be red, yellow, or a reddish-purple hue. Fragrant is popular in landscape design in the midwest United States.

This shrub can grow in full shade to full sun and tolerates well-drained soils that are slightly acidic to well alkaline. Fragrant is easily transplanted due to its shallow and fibrous root system.

When not used in landscape design, the fragrant Sumac is typically found in rocky prairies, old fields, and wooded areas. This fragrant shrub is susceptible to vascular wilt caused by a tiny psyllid.

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Reviews (4)

  • 4
    Flame leaf sumac

    Posted by Zuri Hayden on Jan 23, 2022

    Its cool and fresh scent made me feel refreshed and relaxed. I decided to have this around my back yard. Loving it when it gives out its fragrance.

  • 4
    Staghorn Sumac

    Posted by Staghorn Sumac on May 10, 2021

    These are saplings with little to no root. They are in the ground and we will know better in a couple of weeks as to their viability. I shall return, then. Shipping and etc. was great, but until I see sure signs of life, I stay at a four. :)

  • 5

    Posted by Jon Hunter on Jan 11, 2022

    TN Nursery shipped these plants with great care, and they arrived in great shape!

  • 5
    Beautiful Absolutely Beautiful

    Posted by Cassandra Hopkins on Dec 09, 2020

    The shipping was fast and the packaging was great. And the trees are amazing.


Shipping Information

We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

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Ships November through April

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