Smooth Sumac

$29.00

Smooth Sumac

  • Brilliant red fall foliage
  • Fruit is produced on plants 3 to 4 years old
  • Can be a shrub or small tree growing up to 3 meters in height
  • Hardy species
  • Grows best in poor, well-drained soils, with partial to full sun
  • Used primarily as a winter emergency food for wildlife

Quantity is per pound. Example: 1 = 1 lb, 2 = 2 lbs, 3 = 3lbs, etc. This is pure seed, not a live plant.



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Product Description

Smooth sumac (Rhus glabra) can be a shrub or small tree growing up to 3 meters in height. It forms thickets from root suckers. Smooth sumac is found in open woodlands, prairies, on dry rocky hillsides, and in canyons. It grows best in poor, well-drained soils, with partial to full sun. However, this is a hardy species and will tolerate many soil types including soil that is slightly saline.

Smooth sumac vigorously resprouts from rhizomes following fire. The rhizomes are usually located between 3 and 12 inches below the soil surface and this may provide protection from heat during a fire.

Propagation can occur by use of seeds or root cuttings. Seeds germinate best when exposed to continuous light and alternating warm and cool temperatures.

Smooth sumac was a widely used species among Native American tribes. The uses included the making of a root and leaf tea to treat diarrhea, dysentery, and mouth/throat ulcers. The leaves of the plant were smoked for asthma. The blossoms were used by the Chippewa in a mouthwash for teething children. Comanche children enjoyed the sour acid taste of the fruits and leaves were added to tobacco for smoking by adults. Dye was also created from various parts of the smooth sumac. The fruits were used to make red dyes and the inner bark used to make yellow dyes.

Additional Information
Zone Map

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Min. Precipitation

10 Inches Minimum

Seed Count

49000