African Sumac | Drought Tolerant Trees

The African Sumac (Rhus lancea) tree provides excellent greenery and shade throughout the entire year. Their drought tolerant adaptability to most landscape design styles make them a great choice for a water wise landscape. Once established, these trees are nearly impossible to stop. Their ability to thrive in the high summer temperatures great choice for San Diego counties.
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Water Needs

Moist to dry soil


Full sun to partial shade


25 feet


Moderate to dense

Growth Rate

24 inches per season




Small Red or Yellow Drupe

Pest & Disease

Susceptible to Root Rot and Verticillium

Fire Resistance


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For more information on creating a water wise landscape, check out our complete list of the best drought tolerant trees for North County San Diego.

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