Native plants!
Garden Bloggers Bloom Day-October 15, 2007

Spectacular Sumac!

High 59.2 F
Low 52.0 F

Rhus typhina 'Bailtiger' or 'Tiger Eyes'

What is better than a 'Tiger Eye' Sumac?  A grouping of three or more perhaps!  This plant was introduced to the market in 2004 by Bailey Nurseries. Rhus typhina is a native shrub and this particular cultivar was spotted in a group at the nursery and subsequently propagated for its' unusual acid yellow summer color. Dsc_0014 It also has spectacular fall color and great year round texture.  In the winter, the skeleton is a bit coarse but architecturally interesting. The branches are covered with a fuzzy indumentum giving the appearance of deer antlers.  The buds emerge in the spring Rhus_tiger_eyes and are bright red with hints of pink, orange and yellow. All of the colors in the fall display are previewed in the buds. The stems of this sumac are maroon and you can see from this pictureAlliium_and_tiger_eyes that it pairs well with Allium sphaerocephalon, drumstick allium.   I could easily lose myself in this well of color. Dsc_0003 This plant is very adaptable to most soil types thriving even in clay soil. It has quite a wide range of zone hardiness growing from Zone 4 through Zone 8.  I did notice some runners on this plant this spring but I just chopped them off and have not seen any more develop.  Tiger Eyes has been growing in my garden for two years and is about five feet tall.Dsc_0020   Full sun is recommended. On a rainy October day it cheers up an otherwise dismal garden.  Do any of you have one of these sumacs?