How do we get rid of this? It grows in the garden. I pull it up and it pops up someware else. I've cut them all down. And the next year there were more. It's driving me crazy. Can you help?
Maybe this link will help you.
Every year around middle to late summer rust develops on the bushes. We had sprayed them in the latter part of the year, but it just turned them more brown. We are using a product called Microzeb (fungus killer). What should we use now to prevent this? What should we do in the latter months? When do we apply the product, and in which months?
I would recommend treating them with fungicide (neem oil is an effective fingicide) frequently at the beginning of the year, including the soil around the plants. Also, prune some of the interior branches out so that the plant has better air circulation.
This article will help you with preventing future rust problems: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/learn-about-plant-rust-disease-and-rust-treatment.htm
We mulched our new flower bed with leaves from our African sumac tree. The petunias are all dying. Are the African sumac leaves poisonous? If so, how long do I have to wait before I can plant in the area again? What can I do?
I could not find African sumac listed in any of the allelopathic lists, although sumac as a genus is listed. So it's possible. Petunias are also quite susceptible to juglone ( the poisonous compound in allelopathic plants.) The poisonous compounds of black walnut (the most famous allelopathic tree) are supposed to be rendered inert after a month of hot composting, but some people say it may take a year for all the poisonous substances to be gone from the soil. Unfortunately there's not a lot of research on this subject.
Here is an article that goes over some possible problems with petunias: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/petunia/problems-with-petunias.htm
The leaves on our sumac are not developing. They are small, weak and curled, and pull off easily. Some brown, sticky, oozing earlier this spring on the trunk and branches. It looks like it needs water, but everything else around it is OK. It is still suckering. The tree is about 15 ft high and must be over 15 years old. What could be wrong?
This may be verticillium wilt.
Here is a link with more information.
My African Sumac is peeling bark. Should I be concerned? I live in Las Vegas. It gets plenty of water.
Peeling bark can be from environmental issues. Cold temperatures can cause some damage to the leaves and trunks.
The natural aging of the tree can also account for changes in the bark. The young wood starts out as a light tan to gray color and with age cracks to revel reddish colors.
African Sumac is quite drought tolerant and will actually do better with less water.
Inspect the plant carefully to determine if you see any insects or other signs of fungus.
We have an established 15 year old Rhus typhina, which this year failed to flower and appears to have died. There are some new suckers coming through but the main tree seems to be dead. We are looking for an answer as to what has happened. Do they just die?
They are a self propagating tree so it will likely regenerate from the suckers. There are many different reasons as to why it could have died; temperature fluctuations, fungal or insect damage, even mowing to closely to the roots. They generally can live up to 60 years so I don't think age is a factor here.
Growth (leaves) is dying in some of the branches in our 8 year old African Sumac tree. The companion Sumac tree about 50 yards away is healthy and thriving. What can we do to save the tree that is suffering the loss of healthy branches?
This could be a problem with either overwatering or underwatering, or a disease problem. Overwatering could occur if your soil has poor drainage.
See this article about cotton root rot, a disease which can affect African sumac and which could cause dying leaves and branches:
This tree can also be infected by verticillium wilt disease. See this article:
You may also want to consult an arborist or your local extension service to see what can be done.