A spreading shrub for urban landscapes – Autumn Amber three leaf sumac
Autumn Amber sumac is a perfect ground cover shrub that can serve as living mulch, especially if you are weary of your mulch blowing away in the wind. It brings a graceful vegetative life to sunny, wide open spaces. Autumn Amber softens the hardscape of terraced walls and rock features and brings a naturalized look to the landscape. This is a dependable selection that establishes readily in one season with regular irrigation. Once established, Autumn Amber will cover sizeable space, so it is a good choice for larger landscapes.
Maintaining growth that exceeds the space is a simple task. Use hand pruners to trim branches to the desired length. Sprucing up your living mulch in the spring to remove winter leaf litter is easily done with a leaf blower or a rake.
Fall color will vary from yellow to deep amber depending on the season. This is an easy plant to love for its durability and easy to grow nature – add in the attractive foliage and low maintenance and Autumn Amber Sumac is sure to become a landscape staple for Colorado gardens.
View the plant profile here.
Rhus trilobata ‘Autumn Amber’
Sun: Full Sun
Water: Moderate to xeric
Hardiness: Zones 4-8
Culture: loam or sandy soils
Thanks to Ross Shrigley, Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery for submitting this piece