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American sumac - Rhus Typhina

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GeneralitŠ°

The American sumac or Rhus Typhina is a deciduous shrub, or small tree, native to North America.

It has an erect trunk, generally short, and very branched, messy, rounded, very flattened crown; the bark is smooth, gray-brown in color, tends to break into flakes over the years.

The leaves are green, composed of 10-15 small, pointed, lanceolate leaves; in autumn they turn red-orange before falling.

In midsummer it produces erect panicles, 15-20 cm high, made up of small white flowers; in late summer the fruits appear on the same cobs, small reddish drupes, covered with a light down; the cobs of fruit remain on the tree for many weeks, standing out much in winter on trees completely devoid of leaves.

The roots of sumac Americans are rhizomatous, therefore it produces numerous basal suckers, which is good to remove to allow a balanced growth of the plant.


Exposure

Rhus Typhina should be planted in a sunny place, even if the plant can develop well even in areas of partial shade, but does not like full shade and in that case it cannot develop properly. It does not fear the cold and can bear temperatures even below -15 ° C. In particularly cold winters, it is advisable to protect the plant by placing leaves or straw at its base, so as to repair the roots and stem from the waves of more intense frost.

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