Trees and shrubs

Virginia sumac, the vinegar


Virginia sumac, or staghorn sumac, is a small tree with a rounded shape that is appreciated for its red fruits but which also has an invasive side.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Rhus typhina
Family : Anacardiaceae
Type : Shrub

Height
: 5 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Ordinary

Foliage
: Expired -Flowering : June to August

Planting Virginia Sumac

Unimportant, the planting of sumac takes place in spring as in autumn.

  • Prefer a sunny location, the nature of the soil is of little importance.
  • Water well after planting
  • The growth of Virginia Sumac is rapid, allow sufficient space to grow
  • Follow our advice planting shrubs.

Propagate by cuttings from the roots in the fall.

Attention, Take precautions during handling roots, because they are very toxic.

Size of Virginia sumac

Before pruning your Virginia Sumac, wear gloves because the toxicity of the tree can cause quite serious dermatitis.

  • No size is essential
  • If you want to reshape your Sumac or balance its figure, cut in the fall.
  • Remove the shoots (suckers) that come out of the ground as you go.
    This prevents overgrowth of the shrub.

To know about the sumac of Virginia

A very beautiful shrub with spectacular summer flowering, Sumac is also remarkable for the beauty of the flamboyant foliage it offers in the fall.

It is therefore one of the most beautiful ornamental shrubs from September to December.

Easy to maintain, you will preferably install it isolated, as over the years it often becomes wider than it is tall.

Be careful though because the Virginia Sumac can be invasive, both by the pollination of its seeds and by its underground roots.

The fruits of Virginia Sumac:

The fruits of Virginia sumac are used in the manufacture of a lemonade obtained by decoction of the fruits. The sour taste has given Virginia Sumac other name, vinegar.

Its fruits are rich in vitamin C and tannins.

Toxicity of Virginia Sumac

Contact with the leaves and sap of Virginia sumac, Rhus typhina, must be avoided as this can cause severe dermatitis.

Other species like Rhus toxicodendron and Rhus vernicifera are very toxic to humans and animals.

Smart tip about Virginia Sumac

Add color to your garden by planting this original shrub.


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