Staghorn Sumac-left side of path
This specimen originates from the mother plants across the pathway
Lanceleaf Sumac-Fall color
Staghorn, Lanceleaf and Skunkbush (A# 0098-042 WF13)
Catalogue A# 0098-041 WF3
Catalogue A# 2000-131 AV6
A# 0098-041 WF3
Origin: Quebec and south to Georgia,Indiana,Iowa
Common name: Staghorn Sumac
Location: Along pathway between Lynx and Wolves
Number in accession: 15
Note: Source-Garden of Dr.Lee Richardson,Laurel, MT
Curator's note: Fine example of multi-stemmed form
Tree or Plant Type: Shrub, Tree
Foliage: Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Native Locale: North America
Landscape Uses: Massing, Screen, Specimen
Size Range: Small tree (15-25 feet), Compact tree (10-15 feet), Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
Light Exposure: Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
Hardiness Zones: Zone 4, Zone 5 , Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Soil Preference: Dry soil, Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest: Early winter, Mid winter, Early summer, Early fall, Mid fall, Late fall
Flower Color & Fragrance: Yellow
Shape or Form: Broad, Irregular, Multi-stemmed, Thicket-forming
Growth Rate: Fast
Size & Form
Staghorn sumac is one of the largest native sumacs reaching up to 25 feet tall and wide.
A large, open, colony-forming shrub that spreads by runners.
Tree & Plant Care
Very adaptable to most growing conditions, from poor soils to drought conditions.
Best in full sun and well-drained soil.
Spreads by root suckers to form large colonies. Unwanted suckers can be mowed or removed to keep plants managable.
Does not tolerate wet sites
Staghorn sumac is often used in mass plantings, for naturalizing, or on steep slopes. Its open habit and hairy stems resemble horns on a male deer, giving staghorn sumac its name. It is one of the last plants to leaf out in the spring with bright green leaves that change to an attractive yellow, orange, and scarlet in fall. Among the most recognizable characteristics are large, upright clusters of fuzzy red fruits that appear above the branches in late summer on female plants. They are highly appealing to birds.
A# 2000-131 AV6
Rhus typhina 'Lanceleaf'
Common name: Lanceleaf Staghorn Sumac
Location: West viewing area of Birds of Prey-left of path
Number in accession: 2 (spreading)
Curator's note: (1) plant will be re-located 2019
A# 0098-042 WF13
Common name: Skunkbush Sumac
Location: Southwest corner of Wolf Building
Number in accession: 1 (tagged)
Note: Source-Garden of Mac Oliver, Billings,MT
Trunk from photo-top left
This 9 inch Staghorn sumac provides overall benefits of:
$30 every year.