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Rhus Batophylla or Grey Rus belongs to Anacardiaceae or Cashew family.




Images of Rhus Batophylla plant at google.com

Rhus Batophylla is also known as Redberry Rhus and Grey Rhus and it belongs to Anacardiaceae or Cashew family.

Overview of Rhus Batophylla

• It is a deciduous shrub to small tree.
• It is a native to South Africa.
• It can grow up to a height of 2m.
• It has ash-grey leaves.
• There are wine colored leaves.
• They appear in large sprays.
• These leaves are extremely attractive.
• Rhus spreads by seeds and by rhizomes.
This plant is grown in:
– Gardens
– Lawns
– The edges of forests
– Wasteland

Scientific Classification of Rhus Batophylla

• Kingdom: Plantae
• (unranked): Angiosperms
• (unranked): Eudicots
• (unranked): Rosids
• Order: Sapindales
• Family: Anacardiaceae
• Genus: Rhus
• Species: R. batophylla

Growing and Caring conditions for Rhus Batophylla

• Look for plants at nurseries.
• Get them in spring and summer.
• They can be brought all year-round in warmer climates.
• Choose healthy-looking plants.
• A healthy plant has signs of new leaves and flower buds.
• Buy Rhus plant in 1-gallon containers.
• Choose a site.
• The site should receive full sun.
• The site should have a well-drained soil.
• The plant can tolerate partial shade.
• Dig a hole for each plant.
• This hole should be no deeper than the soil in which the plant was growing.
• Dig planting holes.
• These holes should be spaced three feet apart.
• Add a light application of organic fertilizer.
• Apply it to each planting hole.
• This should be done before setting the plants in.
• Mulch around the plant and not on top of the plants.
• Mulch it with 3 inches of organic compost.
• Water until the soil is completely moist.
• Water weekly the first summer only.
• Rhus plant does not need extra water once it is established.
• Prune out selected stems.
• Do so for the size.
• Prune if they are damaged.
• Prune it using by-pass pruners or a pruning saw.
• Do cut the stem off all the way back to the joint of the stem or where it joins another stem.
• Rhus plants make a good high ground cover for slopes.
• They look well along the top or bottom of a wall.
• They go well in a hot, sunny location.
• Rhus plants usually spread 6 to 8 feet all around.





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