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Flaming Rhus

  • Flaming Rhus
  • Flaming Rhus
  • Flaming Rhus

Is there anything more dazzling than a Rhus typhina in full flame at this time of year?
This wonderful example in our village never fails to stop passers by.

I've heard it's not well-behaved as it self seeds and suckers freely. So good to choose your spot, by paving for example, where it cannot spread so easily; and remove any saplings that appear. It's also toxic if eaten and can aggravate skin conditions.

But those issues apart, it'll grow easily in most soils and aspects with full sun. And come the darker days of October, it'll do its brilliant burning thing.

I love it.

Comments (4)

  1. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Gorgeous photos, Amanda!

    I love Rhus typhina (or Sumach), not just for the truly wonderful autumn colour, but for the oh-so-strokeable velvety bark on new shoots. Yes, they can be invasive, but if - as you say - you just pull up any new sprouts that you find, then it's quite easy to keep under control.

    I think it almost grows more from root suckers than it does from seeds!

  2. Grower

    Stafford Lake Nursery

    I quite like them, but they are rather invasive. Not something you see planted a great deal now, as they really don't grow very well in pots, even on the nursery, so are not that widely available any more. Viburnum 'Mariesii' is a favourite autumn colour plant for me, brick red. And I like Hydrangea quercifolia too.

  3. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Ooh, I love Hydrangea quercifolia, one of my clients has a double-flowered one, it's lovely! I keep trying to layer it while she's not looking...

  4. Grower

    Kaye Jones

    Love Parrotia Persica (Persian ironwood) and Liquidambar too. Great pics, don't see Rhus often enough :)

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