Rhus lancea

Botanical Name: Rhus lancea

Phonetic: Rhoose lan-see-uh

Common Name(s): African Sumac

Family: Anacardiaceae
Origin: Central and northern Cape regions of South Africa
Plant Type: Tree
Persistence: Evergreen

Leaf Type: Palmately divided
Number of Leaflets: 3 (narrow leaflets)
Leaf Color: Pale green to deep olive-green
Fall Color: –
Texture: Soft
Density: Dense
Bloom Season: Late winter
Flower Color(s): Yellow-green, inconspicuous

Exposure: Full sun to part shade
USDA: 8-10
Climate Zone(s): 8-24
Growth Rate: Fast (2 feet per year)            
Height: 20-30 Feet
Spread: 20-30+ Feet
Hydrozone: Medium/low
Pest/Diseases: Root rot, fungal infections, relatively pest free
Soil: Calcareous soils, well-drained soils

Features: Low branching habit, round canopy, fragrant leaves (resinous smell), fruit that attract birds, adapts to heat, aridity, poor soils, and drought, also known as Searsia lancea
Uses: Shade tree, parking lot tree, lawn tree, greenbelt tree

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