Evergreen Sumac, Tobacco Sumac, Lentisco
Rhus virens

Family: Anacardiaceae (an-a-kard-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rhus (roos) (Info)
Species: virens (VEER-enz) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Austin, Texas (3 reports)

Crawford, Texas (2 reports)

Helotes, Texas

Hondo, Texas

Kerrville, Texas

Pipe Creek, Texas

San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

Tarpley, Texas

Waxahachie, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Jun 11, 2010, njf from Red Oak, TX wrote:

After reading good reviews of this Evergreen Sumac, we'd like to try it, but can't find anyone in the Dallas/Waxahachie area that carries it. Does anyone know where we might find it?

Positive

On Aug 16, 2009, broncbuster from Waxahachie, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

A great shrub for year-round interests and LOW maintenance! It can also be propagated via cuttings. Thanks to Mitch for the beautiful plant!

Positive

On Jan 22, 2008, MitchF from Lindsay, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Wonderful plant, green and then purple in winter, flowers are nice and the red berries too that hold the seeds. I love this plant and would not live without one in my yard if I could!

Positive

On Jul 20, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Usually found on rocky slopes of Southeast Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Mexico, this attractive native tree or large shrub is evergreen except in the coldest winters (below 5 degrees). It can attain a height of up to 12 feet tall (3.6 m) and a width of 15 feet. Sometimes it can be found in a tree form (up to 15'). It has a moderate growth rate. The leathery, shiny dark green leaves are paler colored on their undersides.

Young twigs are red and green with a gray fine fuzz and later turn gray and smooth. The buds are small,hairy and nearly hidden by petiole. The bark is light gray and smooth; when the specimen ages, it becomes scaly with a reddish brown coloration under the scaly patches. The whitish-cream to pale yellowish-white, small blooms are in loose 2 to 4 inch long t... read more