Top Questions About Sumac Trees

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Questions About Sumac Trees

Asked by
Darlene Meredith on
June 18, 2017
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Q. How do I trim sumacs?

Just planted by professional landscaper in front garden. We need to know required maintenance.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 20, 2017
A.

It is important to know the variety that you have planted for the correct care and trimming instructions.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/sumac/sumac-tree-info.htm

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Asked by
mershon_teri on
August 9, 2017
Porum, OK 74455

Q. Sumac bushes/trees

I live in SE Oklahoma and Sumac bushes are overly abundant. They are very pretty, and I am wondering if they are poisonous; either to dogs/cats or humans?

Answered by
shelley on
August 10, 2017
Certified Expert
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The ASPCA maintains a database of poisonous plants. Here is the link: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants

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Answered by
MichiganDot on
August 9, 2017
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There are several varieties of sumac with "poison sumac", Toxicodendron vernix, capable of causing poison ivy-type rash. However, it is not known to inhabit Oklahoma and is only found where it is very wet, like a swamp. Check with your vet about dogs/cats. The following website has pictures of the other, more common, sumacs, staghorn and winged. Knowing which variety you have will help answer your question. http://www.poison-ivy.org/poison-sumac
http://www.poison-ivy.org/poison-sumac

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 13, 2018

Q. Sumac tree

I was given a free tree from the free tree program . They showed us how to plant and add mulch, and how to water. It has been 2 weeks and the tree still looks the same. What I need to know is when should I see something. The tree is Staghorn Sumac. Thank You

Answered by
drtreelove on
April 13, 2018
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Give it more time. Follow the directions you were given about watering. A newly planted tree can take a month or more to establish and start to put out new roots and foliage. If you live in a temperate climate this may not happen until the spring weather starts to warm up and the spring flush of growth gets going.

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Asked by
kdecorby on
May 1, 2018
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Q. Sumac tree

Now that the snow has gone, I noticed that the rabbits have been eating the 3 branches of my Sumac tree over the winter (second winter of the tree). One of the branches broke off (dead). Will the entire tree be dead?.

Answered by
MichiganDot on
May 1, 2018
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To be fair, mice tunnel under snow and chew on bark so the bunny may have had help. The extent of bark loss is crucial. If it encircles the base, nutrients can't flow from the roots to the leaves to allow leafing out. However, you are likely to get another sprout from the roots. That new growth will be nice and juicy to the rabbits.

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Asked by
dieo_w on
November 17, 2018
London

Q. Could you identify the attached plant for me please?

This has started growing in my garden about a month or two ago and it looks quite nice but I’m not sure what it is. Will be most greateful if anyone could identify it please.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
November 17, 2018
Certified Expert
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It appears to resemble some of the more ornamental sumac shrubs, even down to the red color of dying leaves. I can't be completely sure without flowers, seeds, or other parts to identify the plant.

I am not familiar with the agricultural extension services in your country, but they could most certainly help you identify this species, as they will be more familiar with the plants of your area.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 24, 2019

Q. Sumac tree

My sumac tree is almost 2 yrs old. the tree has 7 healthy sucklings growing all around her. Can they kill or hurt my tree?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 25, 2019
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It isn't that they will kill your tree, as much as it will just steal nutrients, and make the tree grow much slower. It is best to remove these. This article will give you more information on the care of these trees: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/sumac/sumac-tree-info.htm

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Asked by
shelleyc60 on
May 30, 2019
K1Z 6J7

Q. I was growing a Sumac in a small area but it died. It also is quite fragile. I want to replace it with something hardier.

The area I want to grow something in is a small area and I just want some shade on a patio. The Sumac is a good size but I would like something that doesn’t split easily, but similar to a Sumac.

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
May 31, 2019
Certified Expert
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There are a number of small tree, large shrub options. Japanese maples are gorgeous specimen plants and come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. The small tree desert willow has a profusion of flowers in the summer. Flowering crabapples stay small and you've probably seen them blooming white, pink or purple-red in spring.
Here are more suggestions:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/small-trees-for-gardens.htm

Thanks for writing!

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