Sumac - Rhus

Native to USA

Highlighted Sumac Species: Staghorn Sumac - Rhus typhina, Smooth Sumac - Rhus glabra, Winged Sumac - Rhus copallinum

A small deciduous tree or shrub ranging from 10 to 30 feet in height, with a 20 to 30-foot spread. Sumac is easy to grow and is known for its hairy, red fruit that is quite attractive to birds. The fruit grows in pyramid shaped clusters on pollinated female plants and it is a particular a favorite of the Eastern Bluebird. Sumac is also known to attract and host insects (which will in turn attract insectivorous birds). In the wild, Sumac will self-spread (it is often seen along roadsides) and form thickets, which could create an attractive nesting option for breeding birds.

Birds Most Commonly Associated with Sumac

American Goldfinch     American Robin     Black-Capped Chickadee     Blue Jay     Eastern Bluebird     Downy Woodpecker     Evening Grosbeak     Gray Catbird        Hermit Thrush     Insectivorous Birds     Northern Cardinal     Northern Flicker     Northern Mockingbird     Pileated Woodpecker      Red-Eyed Vireo     Wild Turkey     Veery