This is a wonderful plant to give height and structure to the garden. The deeply divided leaflets are simply gorgeous and the autumn colour is magnificant, a tonal array ranging from yellows to reds. I have several in my front garden flanking the gate, which provide a wonderful overhead canopy when in leaf. The stems are like stags horns, soft and velvety to touch, covered in fine hair, hence its common name ‘Cut-leaved stag’s horn Sumac.’

Botanical name: Rhus typhina ‘Dissecta’
Other names: Cut-leaved stag’s horn sumach, Rhus typhina ‘Laciniata’, Fire fern sumach
Genus: Rhus
Species: R. typhina ‘Dissecta’ – R. typhina ‘Dissecta’ is a deciduous, suckering shrub with deeply dissected foliage that turns red and orange in autumn. Yellow, erect panicles of green-yellow female flowers are followed by dense clusters of red fruit.
Rhus typhina ‘Dissecta’ is: Deciduous
Flower: Yellow-green in Summer
Foliage: Green in Summer; Orange, Red in Autumn
Habit: Spreading, Suckering
Toxicity: All parts are highly toxic if ingested and foliage may cause skin irritation
Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

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