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Rhus typhina Laciniata

Stag's Horn Sumach

Less invasive variety with typical blazing autumn foliage

Luxuriant fern like leaves that are finely cut form a canopy from late spring until autumn. They emerge pale green and colour spectacularly in autumn to golden yellow and orange before falling. This large shrub looks great in an island bed or as a back drop to a cool, partly shaded border.


Happiest in sun or part shade and moist but well drained soil, allow plenty of space for it to spread its branches.


Water regularly in dry weather and remove any suckers (new shoots growing from ground level) as they emerge in spring to keep the plant in check.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Evergreen No
Plant height 195 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 195 cm - 250 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous CAUTION toxic if eaten,Sap may irritate skin
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 75 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From April to September