A rambling bush perfect as a space filler or visual barrier! Foliage is fragrant when crushed. Berries often last into the winter and are eaten by a variety of birds. Plants provide the best wildlife support when allowed to sucker and form colonies. Prefers part sun and dryer soils, but adapts to medium soil if competition is kept to a minimum.
Needs male flowers (catkins) and female flowers (small and yellow) to set fruit- while some plants have both, plants are usually either male or female. Our plants are too young to be sexed.
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade, Shade
Soil Moisture: Mesic, Dry Mesic, Dry
Soil Type: Adaptable
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: April
Fruit: Drupes (berries) turn red when the mature in fall.
Fall Color: Red
Root Type: Rhizome
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract mainly small bees and flies. Hosts the red-banded hairstreak and spring azure butterflies, moths such as owlet and prominent moths, and other insects including long-horned beetles, plant bugs, and leafhoppers. Berries are eaten by a variety of birds including thrushes, woodpeckers, jays, vireos, and waxwings. Commonly browsed by deer and rabbits.
Notes: Opinions on the crushed foliage’s scent varies- some report a lemon-like smell, others claim it’s skunky. Because of this, other common names include lemon-scented sumac, skunk bush, and polecat bush, which is delightful.