When you add the Gro-Low sumac (Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-Low‘) as a groundcover plant, your open space can flourish with dark foliage. Since these sumacs hardly require much water, they do well in a variety of conditions. This is the perfect choice for those who want a low-maintenance shrub. The Gro-Low sumac makes an exceptional addition to any landscape.
Gro-Low Sumac Attributes
These hard-working shrubs need plenty of space to spread out, and they will grow quickly in your yard. The Gro-Low sumacs can expand to a width of 6 to 8 feet, and they have a height of 2 feet.
- Watering Needs: Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
- Botanical Pronunciation: roos a-roh-MAT-ik-a
- Plant type: Shrub
- Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
- Growth rate: Fast
- Average landscape size: Quickly reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, spreading 6 to 8 ft. wide.
- Special features: Easy Care, Fall Color, Fast Growing, Waterwise
- Dramatic Foliage: Color, Easy Care
- Foliage color: Green
- Blooms: Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
- Flower color: Yellow
- Flower attributes: Fragrant, Showy Flowers
- Garden style: Cottage, Rustic
- Design Ideas: A beautiful spreading bank cover that can take poor, dry soil. Also a fine plant to include in the border with perennials and taller shrubs.
- Companion Plants: Pine (Pinus); Forsythia (Forsythia); Rose (Rosa); Euonymus (Euonymus); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus)
Gro-Low Sumac Landscape Uses
These shrubs can be accented with large boulders. The Gro-Low sumac holds in those loose soils on an embankment. For commercial properties, the Gro-Low sumac is an excellent shrub for parking lots and raised planters. Since they can thrive in hot and dry environments, you can use them as an edging plant in large scale plantings.
For home landscapes, these shrubs will boost your curb appeal when you add them along a terrace or driveway. Since they are tolerant of road salt, you can even use these sumacs as long street plantings in your neighborhood. With a fragrant scent, this shrub is very attractive to bees and butterflies. You will want to plant it in a space where you can watch these creatures flutter among the shrubs.
Gro-Low Sumac Planting and Care
You will want to prune the Gro-Low sumac in the early spring. However, you can still trim a rogue branch during any time of the year. Before the leaves develop for the season, you should cut down the sumac’s height in the early spring. With this pruning, you can control the spread of this shrub. The Gro-Low sumac is usually resistant to rabbits and deer. Some young plants may be tempting to deer as they try to nibble on the tender green leaves.
Add the Gro-Low Sumac To Your Collection
At Arbor Valley Nursery, we can help with all your planting and landscaping jobs. We have a large selection of trees, plants, and shrubs, including the spectacular Gro-Low sumac. This hardy plant makes an excellent addition to any space. Our team can make suggestions about other plants and trees that pair well with this particular species. If you want to purchase this shrub for your landscaping or garden business, please take a few minutes to fill out the contact form.