Estimated Height at Pickup: 2-3’, 3 gal
A.k.a. winged sumac, dwarf sumac, and shining sumac. A generally smaller sumac that may runner less prolifically than other species and reliably turns bright red in the fall! Usually 5’-10’ tall, but can reach 20’.
Pollination: Male and female needed.
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Moisture: Mesic, Dry Mesic
Soil Type: Adaptable
Bloom Color: Yellow, Green
Bloom Time: Jul, Aug
Fruit: Female plants develop bunches of red drupes (berries) that often linger into the winter.
Fall Color: Red
Root Type: Taproot
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract wasps, flies, and bees. Hosts the red-banded hairstreak and spring azure butterflies, moths including the regal moth, and a few beetles. Birds that feed on the seeds include wild turkey, bobwhite, cardinals, and northern flickers.
Notes: It’s not that much smaller than other tree shaped sumac, not sure why ‘dwarf’ has stuck around as a common name. It’s more likely to stay short in dryer, low nutrient soils.