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Rhus cotinus

Sumach

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Features

  • BloomsMay
  • Height3m to 5m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourPurple-grey
  • Leaf ColourPinkish-brown

Description

Rhus cotinus (Sumach). This species of shrub will grow to 3-5m with elliptic to oblong leaves which are pinkish-bronze when young. The flowers are plume-like and purple-grey.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous or Semi-evergreen, Shrub

Origin

America, S.Africa, Australia

Interest and use

Grown for their divided, ash-like foliage, autumn colour and, in some species, showy fruit clusters.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They will prefer a sunny position with moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil, you will need to protection from strong wind. Propagation is from seeds or cuttings, or by dividing root suckers.

Propagation

You can propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in summer, by seed in autumn or by root cuttings in the winter.

Pests, diseases or disorders

May be attacked by coral spot fungus.

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