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Rhus copallina (Sumac, Flameleaf)

Sumac, Flameleaf

Sumac, Winged

Rhus copallina

A Texas native shrub that tries to be a small tree, however the stems are thin and droop easily with age. Naturally forms an irregular crown with crooked, spreading branches. Underground rhizomes, coupled with its ease of self-seeding, allow this Sumac to quickly create thickets and massings.

The name “Winged Sumac” comes from the easily identifiable leaf stalk being winged between leaflets. The dark green foliage in the summer is complimented by the large tight terminal panicle of flowers, yellow-green in color.  “Flame Leaf Sumac” comes from the outstanding red foliage in the fall, which is complimented by the multitude of red drupe berries following the blooms mid-summer.

This sumac is very low maintenance, and highly drought tolerant; an ideal choice for harsh landscape environments that demand some type of vegetation. 

Fall Color
Native Specimen

Flower Color:



20-25 Feet



15-20 Feet

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Rhus copallina

Interesting Notes

USDA Hardiness Zone 6b

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
Full Sun
Water Needs