Monday, October 29, 2012

Super Red

You can keep your burning bush pink and your orangey-red Autumn Blaze maple (the "it" tree for fall color around here these days); I'll take the dark, luxurious reds of fragrant sumac, Rhus aromatica, any time.

The glossy foliage catches the low autumn light and adds depth and complexity — plus a touch of glamour — to this Rocky Mountain native.

Hands down, the best shrub for full sun, poor soils, and dry conditions when your goal is super red fall foliage.


Desert Dweller said...

Our's (or are they R. trilobata?) are getting there in a nearby landscape...nice spots of that color. Too bad all the wild plants in the foothills have dried up and lost leaves over a month ago!

Jocelyn H. Chilvers said...

The shrub in these photos is the 'Grow Low' variety of Rhus aromatica.