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Staghorn Sumac

Staghorn Sumac

Species: Rhus typhina

History: Staghorn sumac is native to southeastern Canada and the northeastern United States. The red fruit is eaten by birds in winter and beekeepers will even occasionally use it in their smokers as fuel. Parts of the plant have been used to make dyes. 

Why We Grow It: Sumac is a useful plant for naturalizing areas as they tend to form thick groves, which, according to Steph, also make great play areas for children! The fruit can be made into a lemonade-like drink or jelly. Good forage source for honey bees as well.

Seasonal Bonus! We have an abundance of Staghorn Sumacs this year, we are offering 40 packs of 30cm+ grade for $240 (50% off!)!

Fruit Specs

Recommended Use: Juice, cooking, naturalization, ornamental, wildlife

Fruit Size:


Harvest: August

Growing Specs

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5

Soil Preference: Prefers loam but adaptable to different soil types

Flowering Time: Spring - Late

Bloom Colour: Greenish-white

Pollination Requirements:

Sun/Shade Requirements:

Full sun to partial shade (approx. 6-10 hours of sun daily)

General Growth Habits:

Shrub grows 5m tall. Not bothered by pests or diseases. Flowers late spring into summer. Harvest August to September.

Shipping vs. Pick Up

CLICK HERE to see how shipping compares to pick up.

Shipping: Every year we ship thousands of trees across Canada (except BC due to CFIA regulations). We carefully bag roots in damp sawdust, then box them and send them out via courrier. CLICK HERE to see our shipping policy.

Pick-up: We also have thousands of trees picked up from our nursery each year. The pick-up options is free, though you must wait until you have been emailed a confirmation that your order is ready to pick up, which will have further information such as hours, locations, etc. We really appreciate if you can make an appointment to pick up, then we can be as organized as possible during our busy season.

Size at Purchase

Our ungrafted fruit tree seedlings, nut tree seedlings, berries, and other miscellaneous plants are categorized into the following sizes excluding the roots:

  • 5-15cm
  • 15cm+
  • 30cm+
  • 60cm+
  • 90cm+

All of these heights exclude the roots since seedlings and some berries will often have a lot of root growth but relatively little vegetative growth (ex. our Shagbark Hickories seedlings are often 5-15cm above the soil but will have roots that reach 20cm+ in length).

Not all of our berries and seedlings will be available in all of these grades since growth rate can vary significantly across species and even varieties. While we remain competitive in our plant size, it's also worth noting we don't use synthetic chemicals to push vegetative growth, therefore you may find conventional nursery stock larger in some instances comparatively. 

Why plant small? It's best to transplant when a plant is young so it can establish its roots before it has a lot of vegetative growth. This is much less stressful on it and bareroot plants tend to catch up and even surpass larger potted ones planted at the same time, after a few years.

Orders that are cancelled last minute due to size (being "too small"), will still incur the applicable cancellation fees if the plants are true to our grading standards as per the agreement of sale when the order was placed.

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