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Rhus (sumach) The glo­ri­ous au­tumn we’ve had has been en­hanced by the spec­tac­u­lar fo­liage dis­play of fiery reds and or­anges pro­duced by the rhus, or stag’s horn sumach, whose fe­male plants pro­duce strange-look­ing, vel­vety, crim­son fruits.

Su­machs are grown for their bril­liant au­tumn hues and large palm-like leaves which turn or­ange, red and pur­ple.

The shrub will grow any­where but it should be pruned reg­u­larly or it will be­come leggy and bare.

The most com­mon type is R. Typhina, whose branches will grow to 12ft or more if left un­pruned. If you want a smaller type, go for R. glabra.

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