Rhus aromatica 'Gro-low'

Fragrant Sumac

Tips for Homeowners:

If they spread more than you want it will be necessary to remove the new offshoots. Prune to the ground in winter every few years to invigorate.

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A shrub/ground cover that will hug the ground and spread easily to keep weeds at bay and to prevent erosion on slopes or banks.

  • Wide spreading rambler
  • Works well as a ground cover
  • Female cultivar always has a good crop of fruit

Plant in the shrub border, woodland garden or as ground cover.  Will grow best in western and central Kansas.

Height: 2-2 ft
Spread: 6-8 ft
Zone: 3-9
Color: Yellow

Interesting Notes about Fragrant Sumac:

This non-poisonous shrub is a very effective ground cover for tough growing conditions, and since each plant spreads to about 8' it will not take many to do the job. The branches will root as they spread, creating a near complete weed-free zone. Female plants have clusters of flowers and the males have catkins.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Mass Planting
  • Fast Growing
  • Great Foliage
  • Fall Color
  • Fragrant
  • Border or Bed
  • Low Maintenance
  • Naturalizing

Foliage Color:

  • Green
  • Red
  • Orange


  • Full Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Attracts Songbirds

Critter Resistance:

  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Mounding
  • Creeping/Ground Cover

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water