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Sumac, Prairie Flame Leaf
Sumac, Prairie Flame Leaf
Sumac, Prairie Flame Leaf

Sumac, Prairie Flame Leaf

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Sumac, Prairie Flame Leaf
Scientific Name:  rhus lanceolata

History/general info:  Prairie Flame leaf Sumac is usually found on limestone or neutral soils, growing in the central part of Texas and in the higher mountain ranges of the Trans-Pecos. It is very heat and drought tolerant, and its leaves are vivid red in the fall. It produces berries that, when soaked in water, make a tart, tasty, high-Vitamin C tea called "sumac-ade" or "rhus-ade".  The leaves were used as a replacement for oak bark in tanning. 

Characteristics:  Deciduous. A shrub or small tree to 20 feet tall and one or more trunks to 8" in diameter, with irregular branching that forms a loose, rounded crown of shiny green foliage. Fast growing, generally pest and disease free. Heat, cold and drought tolerant. 

Flower: A tight spike of white flowers, 4" to 6" long, appears in spring at the ends of the branches. Magnificent fall color. 

Planting / Care:  It is generally heat, cold and drought tolerant.  Full sun.

Size and Spacing:  Grows to 20-30 ft high x 20 ft wide

Native: no

Wildlife:  Birds and Butterflies, and is larval host for Red-banded Hairstreak, Banded Hairstreak butterflies. Special value to native bees providing materials/structure.

Links:  

Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center:
https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=rhla3

Aggie Horticulture:
https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamentals/natives/RHUSLANCEOLATA.HTM

 Photos: Texas A&M