Evergreen Sumac is a large shrub native to the desert southwest. This slow-growing broadleaf evergreen eventually reaches 8 feet tall and 10 feet wide. It is suitable for the higher elevations around Tucson and Green Valley. Although this shrub can handle full sun with proper water, it prefers part shade, however, at lower elevations.
The dark green leaves are glossy. In the spring, white clusters of flowers appear, later turning into red berries.
Use Evergreen Sumac for an informal screen or background plant. This shrub must have good drainage to perform well, so do not plant in areas with heavy clay or when caliche clay is a problem. This is a low maintenance shrub, so as long as you plant it where it can reach mature size without pruning, only occasionally shaping may be required.
Other large shrubs for desert landscapes include the Texas Mountain Laurel, Whitethorn Acacia and certain Texas Ranger species.
Reference: Mountain States Wholesale Nursery and Gregg Starr Nursery Plant Info Sheet, 1999.