Rhus aromatica 'Gro-Low'
2 to 3 ft.
6 to 8 ft.
eastern half of United States
USDA zones 4-9
hardy to 8,500 ft.
Gro-low sumac is a deciduous shrub with a low, spreading habit. It has dark green, glossy, three-lobed leaves. They turn a brilliant orange to reddish-purple color in the fall. The leaves have a citrus fragrance when crushed.
Tiny, inconspicuous yellow flowers bloom in spring and produce red berries in fall. This plant is useful for stabilizing slopes or covering bare ground because of its tendency to root where the branches touch the ground.
Gro-low sumac has been an excellent plant for groundcover and slope stabilization at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. In summer, it looks great with its glossy green leaves. The leaf color in fall is spectacular.
Since the stems are bare in winter, it does not have a lot of winter interest.
Little maintenance is required of this shrub. Selective pruning may be necessary to maintain desired shape and size.