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Rhus typhina

Stag's Horn Sumach

Fern like leaves turning fiery red in autumn

Velvety hairs on the bare branches give this large shrub the common name of 'Stag's Horn Sumach'. The handsome leaves emerge in spring from deep red buds, opening bronze at first and maturing to green. In autumn the plant is a bonfire of red, orange and yellow tones before the leaves fall and the branches are revealed once again.


Give this beautiful large shrub plenty of room and moist but well drained soil in sun or part shade.


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
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 400 cm - 800 cm
Plant width 400 cm - 800 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous CAUTION toxic if eaten,Sap may irritate skin
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 200 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage 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 Coastal or drought resistant, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September