Rhus Aromatica (Fragrant Sumac)


“Fragrant Sumac” is a sprawling yet small to medium-sized deciduous shrub, up to 6′ ft. tall and 8-10′ ft. wide. This irregularly spreading shrub produces highly fragrant foliage. Its glossy, blue-green leaves put on a show in the fall. They burst into a symphony of orange, red, purple and yellow in the fall. In the spring this flowering Sumac produces yellow flowers followed by dark-red berries. This shrub is loved by nature’s critters; the flower’s nectar attracts butterflies while its berries (which may be ripe in both summer and winter) attract many birds, including robin, sparrows, goldfinch, and chickadee. Additionally, the berries are editable. Try soaking them for 10-30 min to make a lemonade-like drink or ground it into a powder for use in cakes and porridge.

This plant is hardy! It can grow in most soil types and conditions, is drought tolerant, and generally pest and disease-free. It is fast-growing and enjoys partial shade to full sun.

This shrub colonizes to form thickets and looks best when planted en-mass. Colonies are often single-sexed, formed from a single, suckering parent. Only female plants produce flowers and berries. It is good for stabilizing embankments or for hard-to-cover areas with poorer soils.
(zone 3-9)


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Colorado Hardy Plants are just that… hardy! We have sought out plant varieties that provide low maintenance, use little or no water once established, and are simply hardy enough to grow where others don’t.

We grow and ship our plants in 5″ or quart-size (in certain varieties) plastic containers. Knowing that the root system is the most important part of the plant we guarantee. our plants to have a large root system that fills the container.

CHP is a small family operation! We propagate, pot, water, prune, and personally package the pants you order from us. Most of our plants are grown from cuttings taken from the plants or seeds collected nearby the nursery at an elevation of 6300 ft. Our weather is extreme with temps below 0 are common in the winter and intense sunlight all summer long. We don’t grow plants in heated greenhouses, they have to be able to survive the elements!

Please note that deciduous plants ordered in the winter months and early spring will have been pruned a minimum of 30% compared to photos and may have no leaves

Our nursery is also licensed and inspected by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Nursery Division and holds a current Japanese Beetle Certificate. We only ship USPS Priority Mail, so your plants are sure to arrive quickly. You’ll note in our feedback that our shipping process is a sight to behold. We love our customers so please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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