Rhus microphylla

Little Leaf Sumac

Green Rhus microphylla, Rhus microphylla, Little Leaf Sumac



Rhus microphylla (Littleleaf Sumac) is a very xeric native shrub with bird attracting fruit and nice fall foliage. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 6 - 10
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Less than 10"
10 to 20"
Bloom Time Mid to late spring
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Size Plant - 2.5" deep pot


48-72" tall x 48-92" wide. Rhus microphylla (Littleleaf Sumac) is very xeric native shrub that provides early season nectar for native bees, colorful red berries eaten by songbirds and a wonderful fine textured, bright green foliage during the growing season. It grows in most any soil and thrives in heat and sun. Native to portions of TX, NM and AZ as well as northern MX.
Common Name Little Leaf Sumac
Botanical Name Rhus microphylla
Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Green
Mature Height 48-72" tall
Mature Spread 48-92" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late spring
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Very Drought Resistant / Very Waterwise
Amount of Rain Less than 10", 10 to 20"
Ideal Region Southwest, Hot Desert
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Plant & Bulb Shipping Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Expected ship week will display at checkout after you enter your zip code. Shipping begins Sept. 18. Amaryllis Bulbs will begin shipping mid-October 2018 and will continue until we sell out or through December 31, 2018.

Most plant and bulb orders arrive within 2-6 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses in Colorado. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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  • Attractive
  • Clay Soil
  • Healthy
  • Low Water


  • Slow growing
  • Small In Size

Best Uses

  • Pollinator Habitat
  • Wild Life Attractor
  • Xeric Zone

Comments about High Country Gardens Rhus microphylla:

Three 5" pot plants started last May in clay soil and full sun (late afternoon shade from nearby Afghan Pine) with only hand watering, as needed. Growing in clay soil with no automatic irrigation. Currently applying irrigation about every three weeks (slow soak). Doing very well at the start of the second growing season in Southern New Mexico. Have tripled in size since first planted. Hope they will fill in within the next year or two to create a screen from the adjacent street.

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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