Botanical Name: Rhus lanceolata
Common Name: Flameleaf Sumac  
Plant photo of: Rhus lanceolata
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color

Green, Yellow


Flower Season

Winter, Summer


Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color

Black, Red


Fruit Season








Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Ranch, Seascape, Wild Garden, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring


Location Uses

Background, Parking Strip, Patio, Street Tree, With Rocks


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Hedge, Screen, Mass Planting, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: George Hull MSN
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

This evergreen shrub or small tree reaches 30 ft. tall, either single or suckering. It is usually found on limestone or neutral soils. It is extremely heat and drought tolerant. This shrub has aromatic leaves and develops small white to pink flowers, with red berries follow. Leaves are vivid red in the fall. Leaves are narrower, more refined and has a more graceful growth habit than the copallina variety to which it is compared.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.