Small, deciduous trees, attractive because of their unusual foliage and pink fruits.
Fine individual trees for fairly small gardens; the autumn colouring of the common species is very beautiful. If possible place in full sun.
Not fussy as to soil; it may even be quite dry.
Very easily increased from rooted runners after thehave dropped. Excess runners should always be removed.
Rhus glabra: Height about 3 m, bare branches, composite foliage. The female plant produces pink fruits which are retained in winter. ‘Laciniata’ is a form with deeply incised.
Rhus typhina, staghorn sumach: Height to 5 m; resembles the previous species, but the branches are covered in soft down. Fine autumn colouring. The form with incised leaves is called ‘Dissecta’.