Plant Profile: Tiger Eyes Sumac

Staghorn sumac is a large treelike shrub native to the eastern edge of Minnesota, Wisconsin and much of southeastern Canada. Tall with an umbrella habit as it matures, stagorn or cutleaf sumac is a great choice for larger, wilder landscapes. Birds love it and the fruits can be used for everything from dyes to lemonade. But it has a few characteristics home gardeners resent: It is large (16-feet-tall by 20 feet wide), it sends up sprouts everywhere and (as I well know) a mature staghorn sumac can be easily uprooted in high winds.

A bank of Tiger Eyes sumac adds striking contrast to evergreens and rocks nearby.

A bank of Tiger Eyes sumac adds striking contrast to evergreens and rocks nearby.

With these disadvantages in mind, breeders created Tiger Eyes™ sumac (Rhus typhina 'Bailtiger'), a chartruese-leaved, shorter variety that adds a striking presence to foundation beds and other garden spaces. The bright color of Tiger Eyes makes it a perfect focal point or use a row or clump of them to draw the eye toward a section of the garden. Its horizontal form makes it a good addition to Asian-influenced garden areas. In addition to the chartreuse to gold color it has in summer, Tiger Eyes has a bright reddish orange color in fall.

Tiger Eyes grow to about 6 feet tall and about that wide in an ideal situation. The plants like sun to part-sun and tolerate dry soil well. Some sources list it as hardy to USDA Zone 4, but other Minnesota-based sources, say it is hardy to zone 3, so this may be a good bet for northern Minnesota gardeners, too.

It's important to maintain a regular watering schedule when the plants are getting established during the first year after planting. Like the species staghorn sumac, Tiger Eyes has a shallow root system and benefits from some mulch, especially at first. It does not do well in very clay soil, so if that is what you have, you may want to amend the soil carefully or choose another shrub.

Tiger Eyes has no significant pest problems. It does sucker a bit, but not nearly as much as the larger form of sumac. You also may need to prune it to maintain the desired shape. This can be done in late winter when you can see the shrub's form clearly.

Tiger Eyes is a medium-sized shrub with striking color and interesting form. It would be a great addition to many garden styles and spaces.

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  1. Holly Hoffmaster on May 20, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    I planted one 2 years ago and it has a number of volunteers coming up, can I dig them up and replant them where I actually want them?

    • Mary Lahr Schier on May 21, 2018 at 5:24 pm

      You sure can. Be sure to get some roots and keep them watered the first season.

      • Sally Eckhoff on June 6, 2019 at 12:34 am

        I’ve had my Tigers Eye Sumac for 3 years and it’s done very well – about 5’ tall and full of new leaves until this spring. It’s sprouting new leaves from the base but the existing large branches are not blooming but they’re fuzzy which tells me they’re still alive. Can anyone tell me what to expect?

        • Mary Lahr Schier on June 6, 2019 at 7:30 pm

          Sally — You don’t mention where you are located. Tiger Eyes is hardy to zone 4a, so as far north as St. Cloud, MN. It sounds like it might have gotten nipped by the cold. I’d give it a bit more time, but it may not make it. Good luck!

          • E on June 9, 2019 at 8:45 pm

            I have the same issue with mine, Sally. I know it’s alive, just not sprouting at the ends of the branches-but the base and trunk are. I am in Anoka and I have other tiger eyes that are just fine.

            Mary-can the branches be pruned to allow for the plant to grow? Or will than do damage?

          • Sally Eckhoff on June 9, 2019 at 10:55 pm

            Thanks for your response Mary. I live 35 miles north of Alexandria MN and it was extremely cold last winter so you’re no doubt correct about it getting nipped. I really liked that Tigers Eye!

          • Shirley Ely on June 28, 2020 at 9:39 pm

            Mine has grown substantially underground. I attempted to pull up one of the sprouts and it was growing from a 1 inch diameter root about 1 foot in the ground. Now sprouts are growing up to 15 feet from the original plant and it will require some excavation efforts to remove it. It seems to be about as invasive as bamboo.

          • Mary Lahr Schier on June 29, 2020 at 1:15 pm

            That is aggressive! It might be wise to remove and replace with something less invasive. We’re located in Minnesota and Tiger Eyes is not usually that aggressive, though the species staghorn sumac can be. Thanks for commenting.

          • MJ Kaufmann on October 8, 2021 at 12:25 pm

            I bought 2 this year for display within a project. They are still in pots as i was unsure whether I should plant them. They wouldn’t be planted on my property and the property owner does not want any more trees. therefore I am wondering if I can keep them in the pots and put them inside for the winter?

          • Mary Lahr Schier on October 13, 2021 at 6:11 pm

            I don’t think they would handle the inside well, unless you have an unheated sunroom or porch. They would probably do fine if you heeled them in in their pots — just plant the pot in the ground, cover with mulch and then remove in the spring.

        • Beth on October 11, 2020 at 12:22 pm

          It can take a while in the spring for the new leaves to form. They sprout later than other bushes.

  2. Jenifer Horne on August 11, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    I planted one last fall, and it is gorgeous this year. The trunk is about an inch plus in diameter, and is leaning toward the sidewalk. Is there a smart way to get it to grow a bit more vertically without damage?

    • Mary Lahr Schier on August 12, 2018 at 4:47 pm

      Jenifer — I have one that is leaning, too. You could try putting a stake near it and tying it up. Is it getting enough sun? That might also cause it to lean a bit. Good luck!

      • Jenifer on September 1, 2018 at 12:05 am

        Thanks for the idea. It is on the east side of the house. Could it be transplanted to somewhere more sunny?

        • Mary Lahr Schier on September 4, 2018 at 3:18 pm

          Yes, you could transplant it if it is not too large.

  3. LM on June 22, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    I planted one of these several weeks ago to replace one I’d had for two years that was damaged over winter either by cold or deer or both. The new one, basically just a stick, was leafing out nicely, but now I see that the upper growth is gone and it only has a few leaves left near the bottom. Deer again or some other pest? This is located in some landscaping I had done a few summers ago at our lake home near Erskine, MN. Is there hope for this growing and thriving here or am I fighting an uphill battle?

    • Mary Lahr Schier on June 24, 2019 at 1:30 pm

      If you planted it this spring, my guess is deer. It may be tough to get these to thrive in your area as it is on the edge of the range for Tiger Eyes.

  4. Melissa on September 10, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    We live in Northfield, MN. With watering and mulching, is this a suitable time of year to plant the Tiger Eyes in an area of the back yard, or is the risk too great for winter damage that I should plan for late spring planting?

    • Mary Lahr Schier on September 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

      Yes, now is a great time to plant shrubs.

  5. Anita Gille on September 16, 2019 at 10:21 am

    My tiger eye thrives in Duluth, Mn and I have so many suckers, I’m considering bringing one in to try as a houseplant. Has that been tried before?

    • Mary Lahr Schier on September 16, 2019 at 2:00 pm

      I’ve never heard of growing sumac as a houseplant, but they are very hardy, so who knows? It’s worth a try.

      • Colette Monahan on September 30, 2019 at 6:35 pm

        It’s zone 5 here. Can I pot one up and leave it outside for the winter?

        • Mary Lahr Schier on September 30, 2019 at 6:37 pm

          You probably could. I’d put it in a protected spot and mulch around the pot just to be sure. Good luck.

        • Mary Williams on June 1, 2021 at 8:04 pm

          I am in a Zone 5, but now they have changed it to 6a, I think, but I still garden as if zone 5. I had a Tiger Eye for several years. It throws sprouts out everywhere. I finally cut it back last summer and I have some sprouting about 10 ft or so from where the original was planted. I live in Missouri.

    • Jan Schroeder on July 13, 2021 at 6:38 pm

      We dug up our 20 year old Tiger eye. Loved it as a different and beautiful addition to our back yard. BUT Suckers are coming up 20-30 feet away, and it saps ALL the moisture from my 1 year old Rose of Sharon on the other side of a retaining wall.
      We dug out the stump and treated what was left with a stump killer. 1 month after getting rid of Tiger, I am trying to grow annuals, they are not doing well, In spite of more than adequate watering . Does ,Tiger “poison” the soil? Could our stump killer, even a few teaspoons steriles the soil? Other ideas please.

  6. Rhonda on November 1, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Hi Mary, my husband and I bought one of these not this summer, but the summer before. We thought it died due to we never got it in the ground, then winter came. (We live just outside of Detroit Mi) When this last spring rolled around, our Tiger Eyes Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac came back to life. We planted it, and it’s beautiful! The fall leaves are amazing! So my question is how to take care of it when Winter comes. Should I let the leaves fall and not touch it until Spring?

    • Mary Lahr Schier on November 1, 2019 at 5:00 pm

      Yes. It’s a very hardy shrub and should have no trouble with your winters.

  7. Irina Harrington on May 4, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    My sumac was planted last year and did great but this Spring it won’t leaf out. I scratched the bark and there is no green, I am in zone 5 and thought this is unusual. Is it dry winter? Salt from neighbors driveway? Not sure why it died back, lots of suckers though.

    • Mary Lahr Schier on May 4, 2020 at 7:49 pm

      How is drainage in the area? Salt isn’t much of a problem for sumac, but it doesn’t do well in really wet spots. Give it sometime this spring to leaf out. Here’s a profile of the plant that you might find useful.

      • Jessica Shuster on September 28, 2021 at 9:27 pm

        It’s Sept 28, my tiger eye was planted in late July, and has leaves turning brown. I’ve watered regularly and it has out on some growth. I am seeing them around with brilliant color but mine looks so sad. Thoughts?

  8. Lily on May 15, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Tiger Eyes sumac is different from the typical staghorn sumac in several ways. First, it is a low growing selection growing only six feet tall and wide. It still suckers but the plants I have been watching for the past five years confine the suckers close to the base of the original plant and it will take the colony considerable time to spread out of its original planting zone.

  9. Alina on May 25, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    Hi, I’m having this tree for 7 years and I was always enjoying it a lot. This year my tree doesn’t have green leaves yet. My hb wants to cut it off which is hurting my heart!
    Please tell me, is it possible that my tree is still alive and just slower down this year? Does it happen sometime with those trees?
    How can I help to my tree?
    Thanks a lot,

    • Mary Lahr Schier on May 26, 2020 at 2:09 pm

      I’m not sure where you are located, but if the weather has warmed up, it should be sending out leaves by now. I usually give stressed plants through June to see if they come back. Good luck.

      • Alina on May 26, 2020 at 4:41 pm

        Thank you for your fast response and your advise! I live in Illinois and right now it’s pretty hot here. Will wait and see.

        • Alan Flynn on June 17, 2020 at 11:46 pm

          Im having the same issue. Mine are 3 years old, I have 3 in my landscaping and only one is blooming so far. The others just have suckers everywhere. Do you think they still have a chance? Located in Omaha, NE

          • Deb Eggleston on October 11, 2020 at 10:34 pm

            I live in Fremont. I had the same problem. I just let some of the suckers take off. Selectively cut some. They ended up great. So great I may have to transplant one next spring because it is taking over some of my roses.

  10. Kevin on May 28, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    Hey all! I’ve had a Tiger Eye in my yard (Southern IL, Zone 5-6) for roughly 10 years, and it’s done wonderfully until this year where it appears to be declining in health (it didn’t leaf out nearly as much as usual). I’m wondering now what the expected life span is for this plant. I’ve already transplanted several of the suckers with good success (I only do this in the winter when it’s dormant…never had success in the summer), so I’m not particularly worried, but I would like to know if it’ll just keeping going downhill, or if I can expect a recovery next year. If it is dying, then I’ll likely just dig it out and replace it with one of the babies.

    Side note, I’ve had mine sucker up to 15-20 feet away, though that’s pretty rare. Most sucker growth is off the root system near the parent plant.

  11. Angela Ewing on June 7, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    My Tiger Eyes is beautiful and serves a very practical purpose shading a southern facing wall from direct sun all day long. It is slightly taller than 6 ft. We are just north of the city but 4b here is a narrow edge between zone five and zone 3. I planted it as much as I could 6 feet from the neighbors boundary as the plant card said it would only sucker up to six feet. However with regular rains we have been having the tree is suckering past the cement fence footing. How is the best way to control this without encouraging more spread? Besides this I have already cleaned up a rats nest mess left under a large stressed fir (I think by the city) that was growing into the neighbors G I A N T burning bush and managed to get grass to grow under it. The neighbor had someone across the street trim up his Burning Bush, into a very attractive form except the pruning was extremely rough, maybe savage. I don’t want to give my neighbor a hard time but the shading for our house is totally necessary. Also he pours glyphosate like water out on the ground along the long chain link fence to control grass. I held back on the purchase of the beautiful Tiger Eyes sumac but it was indicated that this was an ‘improved’ variety. What should I do about those creeping suckers? Thank you, I will take any suggestions and realize it is my prerogative.

    • Mary Lahr Schier on June 8, 2020 at 5:53 pm

      Angela — In a former home, I had a regular staghorn sumac (the big kind because it was a big yard near a wild area) and it suckered like crazy. A couple of times a year, I took my big pruner and cut the suckers down at ground level. It sounds like the suckers are heading into your neighbor’s yard, in which case you might not be able to do that. I don’t think your neighbor’s glysophate use will kill the shrubs. You might want to try to find the roots heading into your neighbor’s yard and cut them in your yard before they get next door. Sorry you are having this much suckering — Tiger Eyes is normally a well-behaved plant.

  12. Rick on June 8, 2020 at 5:50 am

    I have a Tiger Eye that we have left in the original nursery plastic container for several years, out of fear of having suckers sprouting up in undesireable places (an issue we discovered after purchasing the tree). This year, it is currently about 18 inches tall, and leafing out well, with beautiful colors. We redesigned our garden area, and have an spot we would like to use for the tree, but because of the afore mentioned problem, would like to trans-plant it to a permanant planter pot in an area that faces south-west, and gets good sunlight. We would like to keep the tree about 4-5 feet high and wide. My questions are; what success can we expect by doing this, and what material & size container should we use?

  13. Rick on June 8, 2020 at 5:56 am

    Oops, I should have mentioned I live in zone 7

  14. Sharon on June 17, 2020 at 12:19 am

    I’m wanting to use a tiger eye my friend gave me about 5′ from our 3,000 gallon, rubber lined goldfish pond. Will I regret that location? Zone 5, Central Illinois. Also, the start is a healthy little tree about 3′ tall, how long will it take to reach mature size?

  15. Dianne Oevering on June 27, 2020 at 2:19 am

    I want to have my branches stay towards the top of the tree so we see more of the trunks at the bottom, can I remove bottom branches as I want at any time? Or should that only be done certain times of the year?

    • Mary Lahr Schier on June 28, 2020 at 7:02 pm

      THe best time to prune shrubs (other than those that bloom in the spring) is late winter or early spring. That said, I have pruned vigorous shrubs, including sumac, in late summer or early fall without seeing any negative effects.

  16. Muriel thompson on July 5, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    I have had tiger eyes in my landscripe for over 10 years and have just been delightful how beautiful they Change colors. I do see another growth,it looks like a cluster of seeds, it’s only on the 8 to 10 year old ones. Do anyone know what they are? My tiger eye spread is about 30 feet and there is only 4 large clusters throughout the 30 feet of landscripe. Need too know or where to look for insight. Thank you.

  17. Tammie on July 15, 2020 at 12:14 am

    It is invasive, after six years it began having suckers/sprouts all across the yard from even ten feet away. If u want something very easy to grow that will take up a very large space I would say to go with it but after the mess it had caused I’d say it’s not worth it and is invasive.

  18. Kate on July 20, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    We love ours tiger eye against our silver spruce but it’s suckers are now 20′ into the yard. So we now mow them.

    Can you plant the tiger eye sumac red fruit seed pods that come out in July? We’d like some to grow in our backyard to add some chartreuse color & fill in gaps in our yard. Or should we transplant the suckers instead (haven’t had luck yet with getting suckers to grow roots).


    • Mary Lahr Schier on July 21, 2020 at 5:40 pm

      Tiger Eyes is a cultivar, so the seeds may not come true. (That is, they may look like one of the parent or grandparent plants.) You’ll have better luck replanting suckers.

  19. Susan S. on July 23, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    I plan to plant tiger eye sumacs along a fence in an area with dappled light, not full sun, and damp soil. Will that work? Also, can you suggest companion plants to pair with the sumacs?

    • Mary Lahr Schier on July 29, 2020 at 6:35 pm

      Any low plant that would match its light and soil needs would be fine — maybe nepeta or hostas that can handle some light? Your local nursery might have other suggestions.

      • Gretchen Bernard on September 10, 2020 at 7:48 pm

        Hi Mary,
        I am considering Tiger Eyes for screening the view of the street from my window. I am looking for 4 season interest. Does Tiger Eyes produce beautiful seed pods like normal Staghorn summac? I have not seen any pictures showing the seeds. Also, are there male and female plants? Thanks!
        Chicago, IL

        • Mary Lahr Schier on September 15, 2020 at 3:10 pm

          Gretchen — No it does not have the seed pods that the normal staghorn has.

  20. Joseph D’Ambrosio on September 26, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    Received the Tiger Eye as a present in early August 2020 and planted it that very afternoon in rich soil for the first 12-14 inches then hard pan. I made the hole two times the radius needed and have watered it in addition to having a sprinkler system. At this time I keep cutting small dead branches off every two – three weeks. What do I do next????

  21. Whitney on September 27, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    I just planted a tiger eyes sumac this spring, and it has been doing great, but I noticed with some of the bottom branches That the leaves are turning brown and then the branch itself breaks off. It seems to be working it’s way up. I feel like I’m watering it enough, however I can’t Figure out why this is happening. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    La Crosse, WI

  22. Tom Zwart on November 5, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    My tiger eyes sumac came with out house in Northeastern Washington. Every winter after the leaves fall what remains is a bunch of rust red cones about 5 inches tall. I’ve always been unsure as to let these winter over (which I’ve done every winter) or take them off…which is it?

    • Mary Lahr Schier on November 5, 2020 at 9:38 pm

      I would leave them on — they are seed pods — food for the birds and winter interest!

      • Tom Zwart on November 9, 2020 at 8:06 pm

        Thank you.

  23. Nancy on November 7, 2020 at 12:01 am

    My tiger eye sumac is getting too tall, with all of the foliage at the top and the trunks down below all appear really old. I want to prune it way back down so the new growth starts lower, but I am afraid of pruning too radically. Any suggestions?

  24. Kim Baum on April 3, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    Hope you are still taking comments/questions- I started a sucker transplant last fall. Kept it in house in a container and it has started very well through the winter in a sunny window. It is about 8 inches tall now with about 8 branch leaves about 8in long with good foliage. Recently the lower branch leaves have been drying, curling and dying. New leaves and sprouts are coming in on top though. My watering is pretty regular and minimal. Does it need fertilizer or more water?

    • Mary Lahr Schier on April 5, 2021 at 5:51 pm

      That could be either overwatering or underwatering. It might be happier if you moved it outside where it will get stronger light.

  25. Nancy B. on April 5, 2021 at 1:42 am

    I planted a Tiger Eyes sumac a few years ago. Last summer it was several feet tall and had beautiful fall color. During the winter, some critter (deer?) apparently ate the top part off, because only about 1 foot remained. My husband was doing some garden clean-up yesterday and thought it was dead, so he pulled it up. It has a lot of roots, and I stuck it in a bucket of water. The main stem seems to still have some green under the bark, so it may not be totally dead. If I replant it, do you think it will survive?

    • Mary Lahr Schier on April 5, 2021 at 5:49 pm

      Oh boy, that’s too bad. Normally deer don’t like sumac, but they will eat anything if hungry enough. If you replant it, the tree might put out new leaves and branches, but it will probably be deformed. It might survive, but I don’t think it will thrive. You may want to buy another shrub this spring. While not perfect, here’s a list of deer resistant plants, including shrubs.

  26. Shelley DeFrancisco on April 11, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Hi Mary
    I live in Brantford Ontario, Canada and would love to plant some Tiger Eyes. Is it wishful thinking due to the winters, or might I have a chance.
    Fingers crossed.
    Thanks for your help

    • Mary Lahr Schier on April 12, 2021 at 3:42 pm

      Shelley — You should have no problem growing Tiger Eyes. Your zone is actually a bit warmer than we are in Minnesota. Good luck growing this beautiful plant!

  27. Tom Ignatius on April 28, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Hi Mary,
    I planted a tiger eye shrub late summer of 2020 in the Chicago area. It did well and grew fast. By the beginning of winter after the 1st frost all the branches except the main stalk fell off. I was wondering if it would come back this spring of 2021. It did. The main stalk is fuzzy and sprouts are starting to show throughout the main stalk. Yea! It survived. After reading many of your readers comments, i hadn’t read about any other people that experienced branches falling off. Do I have an unusual situation?
    Thank you,

    • Michele on June 30, 2021 at 9:49 pm

      That is normal for a Tiger Eye Sumac….first frost = all branches hit the ground….

  28. Dick Wals on May 20, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    We planted a Tiger Eye in our front yard about 20 years ago in the fall. It has always appeared to be a small tree rather than a shrub, having one main trunk with two main sections that developed from the trunk. Over the years the branches have gotten very brittle, and several of them stopped producing leaves, so we just remove them annually. The leaves do develop later in spring, and there are bushy red “fruit’ that grow on the branches. Many birds seem to like them. Our tiger eye is 8-9 feet high and about 18-20 feet wide, Just wondering if it will last much longer. We are getting more dead branches each year, and it does not produce many “seed shoots”, which were small seedlings that fell into the grass surrounding it, and started to grow. We live in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, just northwest of Milwaukee.

  29. Joni Bren Teschner on June 12, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    I planted a Tiger Eye in the corner of our Terraced Boulder garden 4 years ago and it’s doing well (live in Tower Mn – far northern part of state). I’ve planted these before in our yard with no success due to Deer think they’re candy. In the terrace garden the deer leave it alone except for winter so I wrap burlap or netting around it. I dug out 5 – 18” suckers for friends this spring. What’s the best way to remove suckers to deter /minimize regrowth? Should I just pull from the ground, or cut the root? This is a gorgeous shrub summer/fall and have no regrets planting it, except I don’t want to spend summer months constantly removing sprouting suckers inbetween my other perennials in the area.

    • Mary Lahr Schier on June 15, 2021 at 3:03 pm

      It’s great that you’re having success with the plant and have out-smarted those deer! Suckers happen. I just cut them back from time to time during the season.

  30. Merry Johnson on July 4, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    What are the red cone shaped things on my tiger eye sumac?

    • Mary Lahr Schier on July 5, 2021 at 7:06 pm

      Those are the seedpods of the sumac. Birds love them.

  31. Han Lee on August 1, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    Is there any effective way to contain the suckers?

    • Mary Lahr Schier on August 3, 2021 at 4:55 pm

      Not that I’m aware of. Tiger Eyes suckers less than the species plant, but depending on the environment, it will sucker some. Just snip them off regularly.

  32. Bob Berglund on August 16, 2021 at 2:56 am

    Some friends uprooted four Tiger Eyes and we replanted them in our backyard (Burnsville, MN) the next day. Despite thorough watering and staking, they already look limp and dying three days later. They were about 2 feet tall. Should we give up on them yet or give them more time to recover?

  33. Aimee on June 25, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    I wish we never planted this! I am located in Miwaukee WI. Originally planted about 7 years ago. Currently there are sprouts coming up 20 feet from where we placed it all the way into my neighbors yard. Little plants are appearing litterally everywhere in the grass. How in the world can I get rid of these little shoots? I dug up the main plant this spring. It has completely taken over our front yard.

  34. Maggie on July 5, 2022 at 12:32 am

    Our neighbor has one of these planted at the edge of her yard which happens to butt right up to our fence. Our nice landscaping that we spent several thousand dollars on is. Ow bring ruined by this invasive tree. So frustrated. I’ve been trying to pull up all roots as I see the suckers pop up.

  35. Kirby P. on July 9, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    We just re-landscaped in May and have 2 tigereye sumacs now- both very small; One is thriving and the other one keeps sprouting leaves and then they fall off- so it’s mostly just been a stick in the ground. I don’t think it’s rabbits because the leaves aren’t getting eaten- they just drop to the ground. Today I lightly touched a new leaf and it fell off. Is some bug eating at the steam of the leaves? They just seem to be very fragile and then fall off. We’re in Minneapolis and the plantings were done by a professional landscape architect and planted by a local gardener/nursery so I don’t think it’s an issues of the the plant being in the wrong place or wrong soil.


  36. Joe Pintor on August 19, 2022 at 12:21 pm

    I am trying to grow in a container and will bring it in for the winter (Chicago) Will it work?


    • MSHS on August 19, 2022 at 2:12 pm

      Hi, Joe. You can try bringing it in an unheated garage, but no guarantees. Sumac does best out in the ground in the winter cold. Good luck and keep us posted!

  37. Terrazo on August 20, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    Are there male & female varieties? I have three and only one is sending up suckers. I’m in zone 5 & planted all three last summer. I got them all at the same time from Home Depot.

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