Rhus virens (Evergreen Sumac)
Evergreen sumac is a very drought-tolerant shrub that requires little care. Native to rocky hillsides with thin soils, evergreen sumac also performs well in areas with a little heavy clay. In full sun it becomes large and dense, in shadier spots it is more open. It is not a true evergreen – similarly to live oak, it drops its leaves in the winter and new leaves emerge shortly after.
It produces creamy white flowers that attract bees and butterflies. The flowers are followed by red fuzzy fruit that is eaten by birds. Only female plants produce flowers and berries. Leaves are leathery dark green.
AT A GLANCE
|Sun exposure||Full sun to part shade|
|Bloom color||Creamy white
|Bloom time||Summer, fall|
|Mature height||6-8 ft
|Mature width||8-10 ft
|Attracts||Birds, butterflies, bees|
|Notes||Needs good drainage.|