Dwarf Sumac (Rhus copallina var. latifolia Prairie Flame™)

Trade name information:
Trade Name: Prairie Flame™
Cultivar name: 'Morton'
Common names:
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Botanical names:
Rhus copallina var. latifolia Accepted
Toxicodendron copallinum var. latifolium Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 5 to 7 feet, to 10 feet
Plant Spread: 6 to 10 feet or more
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Summer
Suitable Locations: Beach Front
Uses: Erosion control
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

a line of shrubs along a drive

Photo gallery:
Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: 2010-01-02a line of shrubs along a drive
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: 2014-08-13a group planted on a low hill
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: 2014-08-13flower spikes and summer foliage
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: 2014-08-13close-up of foliage and blooms
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 5, 2018 2:32 PM

This 'Prairie Flame' Winged Sumac is a new cultivar from the partnership of Morton Arboretum and Chicagoland Grows, a northern Illinois nursery association. It is a compact selection that is supposed to grow about 5 to 7 feet high, but I saw the older labeled group along a drive and saw the shrubs were more like 8 or 9 feet high. It is also a male plant that does not bear fruit, though it bears the handsome creamy flower spikes in July-August. 'Morton' or 'Prairie Flame' is a selection from the natural variety of Rhus copallina latifolia that differs from the regular variety in that it has 5 to 13 leaflets that are a little broader and rounded at the base while the regular variety has 9 to 21 leaflets that are narrower and narrow at the base. It was selected from a plant from seed taken from Iroquois County in east central Illinois close to the Indiana border. This cultivar is offered at some larger, diverse nurseries.

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