Rhus Lancia——-African Sumac

Here are a few African Sumac photo’s since I receive so many hit’s on them.

These trees sprouted from seeds several years ago. They make great shade. Cat’s climb up them when they are big. they tend to have a deep green, and yellw a bit to show a problem, usually not enough food or watter in the desert. They make small bead like seeds, and come back from damage quite well.

If you live near Tucson AZ huge Rhus Lancia’s grow up in Sabino Canyon along the river.

-and with some hollyhock’s growing in them.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jan on January 21, 2009 at 9:28 am

    My only comment about this tree is: I wish that it was never brought
    to Arizona. Every time this tree pollinates (which seems to be at
    least twice a year), my kids allergies are so over the top and they
    really suffer, and miss school. This tree is rated 10 on the allergy profile. (1 to 10, 10 being the worst). If I am not mistaken Olive trees were banned from being sold in nurseries for this very problem. Nice looking tree but I hate it!


  2. Posted by Nathan Williams on July 14, 2009 at 9:12 am

    You are trully blessed to have this wonderful tree growing in the States. We are from South Africa, where Rhus Lancea originates. I remember our cats scrambling about in the contorted branches of the many ‘Karee’ trees in the garden. We now live in southern Spain, and have searched in vain to find this tree here. The climate is good, it will grow very well, but cannot find it. Internet searches have proved fruitless. Do you have the Fever Tree – Acacia xanthophloea in your part of the world? This is another southern African tree which is a wonder. Check it out.


  3. There is a very old Rhus lancea in the Mediterranean Garden Society’s home garden of Sparoza, south of Athens. For years no one knew what it was (it’s now about 50 years old). Acacia? WIllow?
    I shot a photo of it in 2001 and passed it around to members. Recently a member from South Africa identified it. And many folks in California and the Pacific Northwest are thinking about getting it.

    (Incidentally, as a footnote, to the entry above about allergies, I’m floored as to their inclusion of olive trees. I have lived in Crete gathered and pruned olives many times – and I am highly allergic to tree pollen. I’ve rarely sniffed in the groves of Crete.)


    • Posted by Nathan on October 14, 2010 at 9:53 pm

      Trying to find Rhus Lancea in Spain. Should do very well. It is a water wise tree. Able to withstand considerable drought.


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