Tiger Eyes Sumac offers year round visual interest for sunny areas of the landscape. Whether it is spring, summer, winter or fall, Tiger Eyes Sumac has something to offer.
Springtime finds Tiger Eyes Sumac vigorously pushing out bright golden yellow leaves that instantly add a mass of intense color to the landscape. A really nice characteristic of Tiger Eyes Sumac is the excellent leaf color that holds very well throughout the summer, adding just a hint of chartreuse by late summer when attractive seed heads form, presenting a nice upright element in the landscape that persists throughout the fall and winter. The reddish cone shaped seed clusters are utilized by wildlife over the winter when other food sources are scarce, and are an ornamental feature as they stand out against a snowy landscape.
While Tiger Eyes Sumac provide a great deal of color all spring and summer with their golden foliage, the color show rises to an even higher level as autumn arrives. Every fall, Tiger Eyes Sumac add beautiful red and orange color to their leaves and the gold color intensifies as well. In late September and early October, Tiger Eyes Sumac can be found putting on a color extravaganza.
Plant Tiger Eyes Sumac in full sun locations, and in properly drained soils. Avoid wet areas and shady areas, and plant them where they can form a thicket as they spread by suckers from the roots. Tiger Eyes Sumac is excellent when used to cover and hold sloped areas that would be difficult to mow. When used as a specimen in a landscape bed, it is often a good idea to place a heavy weed barrier fabric and landscape rock if you want to keep it confined to one small area of the bed.
Tiger Eyes Sumac has a size rating of 6′ x 6′ and is quite cold hardy, rated for Zone 4.