PLANT OF THE WEEK
THERE are hints of autumn colour outside my window now as I see the stag’s horn sumach turning golden yellow.
Definitely one of the best small trees for fall colour, it’s not everyone’s favourite due to its aggressive suckering habit, meaning it puts up shoots regularly from the base and then spreads.
However, here’s a better behaved version – Tiger Eyes. Not only are the leaves very beautifully dissected, almost fernlike, it stays a compact 3 to 6ft in height and doesn’t sucker so much. In any case, just cut any unwanted shoots out as they appear.
It does well in most soils, preferably moist but well drained, and in full or partial shade. As well as the wonderful oranges and scarlets to enjoy in autumn, the conical flowers that emerge in summer remain on the antler-like branches for winter. An all-round star which has won the RHS Award of Garden Merit.