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Rhus Coriaria belongs to the family Anacardiaceae.

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Rhus Coriaria belongs to the family Anacardiaceae.

Overview of Rhus Coriaria

• Rhus coriaria is commonly called Elm-Leaved Sumach or Tanner’s Sumach.
• It is a deciduous shrub to small tree.
• It is a native to southern Europe.
• The dried fruits are used as a spice.
• The plant will grow in deep and well-drained soil.
• The fruit has a sour taste.
• Dried and crushed, it is a popular spice in the Middle East.
• Immature fruits and seeds are also eaten.
• The leaves and the bark were traditionally used in tanning.
• It contains tannic acid.
• Dyes of various colours can be made from different parts of the plan.
• Oil extracted from the seeds can be used to make candles.

Scientific classification for Rhus Coriaria

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

Growing and Caring conditions for Rhus Coriaria

• 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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