A smaller size sumac and also not that fast to develop suckers like R. typhina. It forms a dense, round shrub; foliage and twigs are aromatic. The shiny foliage will turn in beautiful shades of orange, yellow and red in the fall. Fuzzy red berries clustered together will persist on the branches for a really long time.
The flowers are a nectar source for butterflies, and the fruits provide winter food for many birds and small mammals.
Very adaptable to any soil conditions and it is particularly drought resistant like all the sumacs; it is used for group plantings, hedges, naturalizations and restorations projects.
Germination: best with scarification of the seeds, followed by cold-moist stratification. Some recommend (as scarification) to give the seeds a couple of hot water treatments followed by cold/moist stratification.