All About Fragrant Sumac:
Scientific Nomenclature: Rhus aromatica
Common Names: fragrant sumac, aromatic sumac, lemon sumac, polecat bush
Mature Height: 3–6 feet
Mature Spread: 6–10 feet
Growth Rate: Slow
Attracts Wildlife: Pollinators, birds and mammals
Messiness: Fragrant sumac will drop some of its flowers after blooming in the spring and it drops its leaves in late autumn.
Native to Kentucky: Yes
Preferred Soils: Fragrant sumac prefers shallow rocky soils or well-drained clay. Acidic (<6.0pH) soils are preferred.
Screening: Can be planted in multiples to make an informal hedge of sorts. Fragrant sumac will require regular maintenance if a more reasonable, natural form is preferred.
Drought Tolerance: Is drought tolerant
Coniferous or Deciduous: Deciduous
Pruning: Fragrant sumac should be regularly pruned to maintain its form, as it suckers and forms colonies when left alone.
Climate Quick Facts:
Following being planted as a sapling, over 20 years one fragrant sumac will:
- Sequester ~807 pounds of CO2.
- Reduce stormwater runoff by 268 gallons.