African Sumac's do really well in our climate. They do so well in fact that they are over-planted in Las Vegas. You can not drive down a street and not see at least one. The builder of my subdivision planted one in front of my house 8 years ago and now its a 30 ft tall monster. I love/hate it. Love the Shade, Hate the litter and the suckering roots. Try to avoid female trees(like mine), they dump twice as much litter as males.
Good and ban: It's a beautiful small tree. It suckers greatly, but you can keep up with it. It is really messy over pavement in the summer. The seeds are a little sticky and stick to shoes, etc. The seeds sprout easily. Mine only gets lots of sunshine on the top and it appears happiest there. Where it doesn't get enough sun, it seems to decline/die back. I'm in an inland valley of Southern California. It's ideal in the winter.
On Sep 2, 2008, slatwood from Sun City, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:
The bloom is inconspicuous, but profuse, slightly aromatic. I don't think the seed needs stratified. I just crumbled a handful off this summer, scattered them across a standard flat, and got about 12 seedlings....straight from the tree. Phoenix doesn't have much of a winter, usually, to stratify anything, in any case. The birds love the seeds, the hummers and bees love the flowers, the rabbits like the new seedlings (well, I had a dozen!). Quail like the seed, and the cover. I keep mine brushing the ground, to provide cover and when I go back to fiddle with the drip lines --- rabbits and quail scatter. Nests of quail two years, hummer nests almost every year. If you keep it watered DEEPLY and infrequently, you don't get root problems and root suckers. Trunk suckers will pop up for the next 100 years. Just yank them off BEFORE they require a saw. Sucker-Stopper mitigates, but does not eliminate, the problem. Nice tree, long lived, arid adapted. If allowed to become a tree (Instead of my huge bush) their branch structure is imposing and beautiful. Good shade tree.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Oro Valley, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona Sun City, Arizona Tucson, Arizona Brentwood, California Temecula, California Henderson, Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada (3 reports) Garden Ridge, Texas