Evergreen SumacRhus virens
Evergreen Sumac grows as a multi-trunked shrub or small tree, reaching a height of 8 to 12 feet. The glossy, dark green leaves are evergreen through winter, dropping in early springs new leaves appear. Leaves are shiny and somewhat rosy pink in spring. After frost, they can become maroon until they drop. Clusters of honey-scented, white flowers appear in late summer, which are very attractive to bees and butterflies. Orange-red fuzzy berries develop in fall and can remain on the plant through Christmas. The berries are valuable food for birds and small mammals. Evergreen Sumac occurs in gullies and dry hillsides in the Edwards Plateau and Trans-Pecos, and Northern Mexico.
Use and Management
Plant on well-drained sites in part shade to full sun. Soil may be sand, loam, clay, caliche, limestone, or igneous. Do not overwater or plant under sprinkler irrigation where it will be watered with the lawn.
Use as a low hedge, lawn plant or background shrub.
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