African Sumac (Searsia lancea)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Searsia lancea Accepted
Rhus lancea Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 10 - 25 feet or more
Plant Spread: 10 - 20 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Edible to birds
Other: Small green berries, maturing yellowish to brown.
Fruiting Time: Late winter or early spring
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Other: Greenish-yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Erosion control
Shade Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Other Beneficial Insects
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Miscellaneous: Dioecious


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Discussion Threads about this plant
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My tree by Devanjs3gmailcom May 20, 2019 5:46 PM 6
What is this plant? by Junkerist Mar 30, 2019 8:48 AM 15
Trying to identify this plant in my yard. by RobGlen Jun 17, 2018 10:07 AM 10
African Sumac (Searsia lancea) by jimard8 Aug 17, 2015 7:20 PM 13

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