Shining sumac

  • Latin name: Rhus copallina L.
  • French name: Sumac brillant
  • Synonym(s): Winged sumac , flameleaf sumac
  • Taxonomic Serial Number: 28773
Description

Leaves

  • Leaf - shining sumac

Form

  • 5–11 leaflets
  • Upper surface shiny
  • Lower surface hairy
  • Stalkless
  • Central stalk winged 

Length

  • Leaf and central stalk 10–20 cm

Autumn colour

  • Brilliant clear red

Margin

  • Smooth

Buds

  • Lateral bud and leaf scar - shining sumac

Form

  • Hairy

Colour

  • Hairs reddish-brown

Twigs

Form

  • Hairy
  • Branchlets ridged

Colour

  • Greenish-brown

Flowers

Form

  • Panicle

Structure

  • Polygamo-dioecious

Fruits

Form

  • Hairy
  • In large terminal clusters

Colour

  • Red

Structure

  • Drupe

Size

Height

  • To 8 m

Habitat

Site

  • Sandy soils and rocky outcrops
  • In cultivation, tolerates alkaline soils

Light tolerance

  • Intolerant of shade

Range

North as far as southern Ontario

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