The flower of Rhus typhina
The flower of Rhus typhina
The stunning autumn colour of Rhus typhina
Rhus typhina multi-stems on the Barcham Trees nursery
Small - multi stem Staghorn Sumac, Stag’s Horn Sumach from this batch

Rhus typhina

Staghorn Sumac, Stag’s Horn Sumach

Estimated fully grown height 3-7m

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Product Details

Small sized specimens are 1.5-2m tall and supplied as multi-stems.

Rhus typhina is an interesting flowering shrub native to North America that can be kept small as a shrub, or make a small tree.  The Staghorn Sumac won the RHS Award of Garden Merit in 2002 and was introduced into the UK in the late 1620’s.

The Stag’s Horn Sumach is a well known shrub in the UK, it has bright green, compound leaves that comprise of between 9 and 31 leaflets, born on stems that are covered in rust coloured hairs.  The angles of the branching pattern is reminiscent of antlers, and hence the derived common name.  In late spring flowers appear and are candle like and yellowy green in colour.  Following this, during the summer, the velvety fruit clusters appear, ripening to a red colour by autumn that often last on the tree throughout the winter.  In autumn, the bright green tones of the foliage give way to a brilliant array of colour, from vivid red through to orange and yellow.

At Barcham, we grow Rhus typhina as a large multi-stem which produces an architectural and interesting shape.  This small tree tends to spread very wide and concentrates foliage mainly towards the top of the bare multi-stems.  The national champion in the United States is over 20m tall, however in the UK it rarely reaches much over 5m.  Rhus is a tough tree and will tolerate most soil conditions, providing they are well drained.

The Staghorn Sumac is a great addition to gardens and parks, and whilst it should be planted carefully due to its propensity for suckering, it will reach a limited size in restricted space and provide year round interest.

Mature Height: 3-7m

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Garden, Parkland,
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Looks good in
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Well drained, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Autumn colour,
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree
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Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

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Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.