A Johnson’s Nursery origination; J.N. Plant Selections introduction, Lacette™ Fragrant Sumac was selected for its dense, mounded habit and refined texture. This shrub lends an air of sophistication to sites where few other plants will grow. The aromatic leaves are glossy green during summer, turning brilliant shades of red in fall. Lacette™ Fragrant Sumac is an excellent choice where low maintenance, durability, and ornamental value are desired!
Lacette™ Fragrant Sumac thrives in tough sites and is well suited for parking lots, embankments, or informal landscapes. With a high value to wildlife, this shrub is an excellent component to bird and butterfly gardens or for low living fences.
The fuzzy drupes of Lacette™ Fragrant Sumac are loved by birds during autumn and winter. In summer, birds will also visit the plant to feed on insects found on the leaves and buds. Cardinals, Red-Eyed Vireos, and Grosbeaks are often found where Lacette™ Fragrant Sumac is grown.
Lacette™ Fragrant Sumac is of high value to native bees and butterflies. The early spring flowers that emerge before the leaves are an excellent nectar source, and many insects use other plant parts for nest construction. The shrub also serves as a larval host to the Banded Hairstreak butterfly.
The free-branching habit of Lacette™ Fragrant Sumac minimizes the need for pruning. If you desire a more tidy appearance, shear the shrub immediately after flowering in spring to allow next year’s flower buds to set. Pruning during the dormant season will remove these flowers and their wildlife value for the coming year.
Lacette™ Fragrant Sumac has no major insect or disease issues. The leaves may occasionally develop nipple gall, which is purely cosmetic and should be considered an ornamental disease. When stressed, the shrub may be susceptible to leaf spot and rust diseases, as well as aphids, scale insects, and mites. These issues will usually resolve themselves, but if infestations are heavy you may use an insecticidal soap to spot-treat existing pests.
Lacette™ Fragrant Sumac is deer and rabbit resistant.
Lacette™ Fragrant Sumac is an introduction from Mike Yanny, selected for its dense, mounded habit and refined texture. Like its parent Rhus aromatica, this shrub is tolerant of the toughest sites and will perform well as long as soils are not soggy. In spring, minute but profuse flowers emerge across the shrub followed by glossy green leaves. When crushed, the leaves have a fresh fragrance that also deters deer, rabbit, and other animal browsing. While the leaves may resemble that of poison ivy, Lacette™ Fragrant Sumac is entirely non-toxic.
When planted in tough, rocky, dry sites, Lacette™ Fragrant Sumac can be paired with Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass to add a vertical accent. Below and around, tough Coralbell varieties like Palace Purple Coralbells and Caramel Coralbells can be used for added color. Take care not to site any trees that will shade this shrub, as it will lose its fine texture and is intolerant of shade.