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Care of the plant Rhus typhina or Staghorn sumac.

Care of the shrub Rhus typhina or Staghorn sumac

The genus Rhus, family Anacardiaceae, comprises 250 of shrubs and trees native to subtropical and temperate regions of all continents. Some species are: Rhus typhina, Rhus standleyi, Rhus integrifolia, Rhus dentata, Rhus undulata, Rhus coriaria, Rhus aromatica, Rhus glabra.

Common names: Staghorn sumac, Green-flowered sumach. This species is native to eastern North America.

They are shrubs or small dioecious deciduous trees that reach 10 meters (32.8 feet) in height. They have large, alternate 10 cm (3.93") long green leaves that turn reddish or yellowish in autumn, before falling. The pinkish flowers are larger and more showy on male plants. Female plants produce red fruits if they are fertilized.

They are used to form bushy groups and as isolated specimens.

Rhus typhina needs semi-shade exposure in Mediterranean climates and full sun in colder climates.

They prefer cool, well-drained soil that is light and contains coarse sand and humus.

Water regularly so that the substrate is always slightly damp but never flood.

Prune the branches in half in winter to strengthen the plant.

Fertilize with compost or manure in the fall.

They are not usually attacked by the usual diseases and pests.

They are propagated by cuttings or by seeds sown in early spring.

Images of the shrub Rhus typhina or Staghorn sumac

Rhus typhina
Rhus typhina
Rhus typhina
Rhus typhina