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Rhus Virens or Sumac Muller belongs to the family of Anacardiaceae.

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Rhus Virens which is also known as the Sumac Muller belongs to the family Anacardiaceae.

Overview of Rhus Virens

• Rhus virens is a small tree or shrub.
• Evergreen sumac grows on dry hillsides and rocky bluffs.
• It is found in the slopes of the Edwards Plateau and the Trans-Pecos at elevations of 2000 to 7500 feet.
• It also grows in Mexico and New Mexico.
• This is a very ornamental sumac.
• It has lustrous, leathery dark green compound leaves.
• The leaves may be tinged with maroon or yellow in cold weather.
• New leaves have pinkish coloration.
• It forms large and dense rounded clumps in full sun.
• It takes well to hedging.
• This plant will be more open and tree-like in shade.
• They may be pruned to a graceful small tree.
• It is useful as a screen or background.
• The tree flowers in late summer and fall.
• The tree bears creamy white flowers.
• They smell like honey and attract bees and butterflies.
• Evergreen sumac produces red fuzzy fruit.
• It was also used as a remedy for asthma.
• It can grow up to a height of 8 feet and width of 10 feet.

Scientific classification of Rhus Virens

• United : Plant
• Division : Magnoliophyta
• Class : Magnoliopsida
• Subclass: Rosidae
• Order : Sapindales
• Family : Anacardiaceae
• Gender : Rhus
• Sub-genus : Lobadium
• Species : R. virens

Growing and caring conditions for Rhus Verniciflua

• 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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