Rhus glabra 'Laciniata'
8 to 15 ft.
8 to 10 ft.
species is native to North America
sun, part shade
USDA zones 3-9
hardy to 8,500 ft.
Cutleaf smooth sumac is a vigorously suckering cultivated variety of the native smoth sumac. Its leaves are compound with lance-shaped leaflets. The leaflets are different than smooth sumac in that they are finely divided, giving it a ferny appearance. The leaves turn a brilliant red in the fall.
The clusters of small green-yellow flowers are not that noticeable, but develops into red, fuzzy fruit in late summer through fall, persisting through winter. Spreads by suckers readily.
Cutleaf smooth sumac is not currently growing at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. It grows well in the Colorado Springs area, but may be susceptible to deer damage.
Pull up sucker plants to control colonization and prune any dead or damaged branches.