21 Jun Smooth Sumac: A Charming Way to Evade Erosion and Preserve Your Landscape
A successful landscaping project goes beyond the selection of ornamental plants and putting them together like a piece of mosaic art. A landscape that is thoughtfully constructed must employ erosion control methods in order to preserve its beauty and to honorably serve Mother Earth.
Erosion can be caused by natural occurrences such as wind or rain but can effectively be prevented, making your landscape maintenance a lot easier. In fact, there are many types of erosion control methods that are ecologically safe for landscapes. Particularly, planting the right assortment of shrubs and trees will not only beautify a landscape garden, but will help keep the layers of ground soil, intact.
Smooth Sumac (Rhus Glabra) is a great choice for landscaping and erosion prevention. As a type of shrub, the Smooth Sumac not only prevents soil erosion, but can be used to create borders in a yard. It can act as a natural barrier for rain, especially those that have medium-to-deep root systems. The Smooth Sumac is a fast-growing, thicket-forming shrub that has long, ornamental leaves. Resembling small trees, they help prevent soil erosion along streams, slopes, and ponds. The Smooth Sumac grows between 9.5-15.5 feet, rarely larger. The leaves turn a beautiful scarlet color in the fall. They can also provide shade, serve as a windbreak, and propagate in areas where no other plants seem to be growing.
While protecting landscapes, the Smooth Sumac provides a wonderful focal point for a garden during the fall. The dark leaves of the Sumac turn into bright hues of red and orange, just like Vermont Maples. Smooth Sumac therefore, should be an indispensable element to any landscape.
The map below is provided through Wikipedia – showing where the Smooth Sumac grows naturally throughout the United States: