added by marthawrites
(16 months ago)
Last but not least is a sumac. No, not the poison kind — this is 'Gro-Low' sumac (Rhus aromatica 'Gro-Low', zones 3 to 9), and it's not poisonous in the least. Grow it for its glossy blue-green leaves, buttery-yellow spring flowers, fuzzy red fruit in late summer and fire-engine-crimson fall color. This plant is one tough cookie and grows great in shade, but it picks up steam faster with sun and heat — the first place I saw it was a parking lot. And as if all that weren't enough, its parent plant is native to the entire eastern half of North America.