Lacette™ Fragrant Sumac

Rhus aromatica ‘Fine Textured Compact Select A’ PP28,669

Description & Overview

A Johnson’s Nursery origination; J.N. Plant Selections introduction, Lacette™ Fragrant Sumac was selected for its dense, mounded habit and refined textured foliage. 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. It’s an excellent choice where low maintenance, durability, and ornamental value are desired!

Core Characteristics

Wisconsin Native: Regional Ecotype Nativar
Mature Height: 3-4.5 feet
Mature Spread: 6-7 feet
Growth Rate: Moderate
Growth Form: Mounded Shrub
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Site Requirements: Tolerant of many sites except those with poor drainage
Flower: Monoecious, yellow female flowers, male catkins
Bloom Period: April
Foliage: Glossy green, fine
Fall Color: Red, many shades
Fruit Notes: Small, red pubescent berry

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Suggested Uses:

Lacette™ Fragrant Sumac thrives in tough sites and is well suited for parking lots, embankments, and both formal and informal landscapes. With a high value to wildlife, this shrub is an excellent component to bird and butterfly gardens or for low living fences.

Salable #2 Container. Pictures taken late-September.

Wildlife Value:

The fuzzy drupes 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.

Native bees and butterflies value Lacette™ Fragrant Sumac. 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.

Maintenance Tips:

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.


It has no major insect or disease issues. While Gro-Low Sumac is usually infested with Eriophyid mites by midsummer, creating the characteristic nipple gall on the foliage, Lacette™ Fragrant Sumac is highly resistant to the insect. No need to worry about unsightly red bumps on the fine foliage of this plant!

If stressed, the shrub may be susceptible to leaf spot and rust diseases, as well as aphids, scale insects. 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.

Leaf Lore:

Lacette™ 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™ is entirely non-toxic.

Companion Plants:

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.

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