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Products > Rhus lentii
Rhus lentii - Pink Flowering Sumac
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Anacardiaceae (Sumacs, Cashew)
Origin: Baja California (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Height: 4-8 feet
Width: 8-12 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Rhus lentii (Pink Flowering Sumac) A large rounded evergreen shrug to 6 to 8 feet tall by 8 to 15+ feet wide with reddish stems holding pale grey-green oval leaves that have a short pointed tip (abruptly acuminate) and prominent lighter colored veins. Showy clusters of bright pink flowers appear in late winter to early spring. Plant in full to part sun in a moderately well drained soil and irrigate occasionally to not at all looks great in coastal California gardens without any supplemental irrigation, even during drought years. Hardy to 20-25F - a bit more tender than other Rhus species but was undamaged in our January 2007 freeze that had 3 nights in a row at 25F. A very nice showy large shrub that adds a hint of gray into the landscape and with a very colorful flower display. A great specimen plant or for a large scale slope mass planting. This plant is native to the California Floristic Provence which extends into northern Baja California. It grows along dry maritime bluffs and canyons in the western Vizcaino desert along the Pacific coast of northern Baja California and on Cedros Island. Rhus lentii was first collected by Dr. John Allen Veach on a California Academy of Sciences expedition to Cedros Island in 1859 and named by Albert Kellogg to honor William M. Lent, a financier in San Francisco, who promoted the expedition. After admiring this beautiful plant while on Cedros Island we were able to collect seed from plants growing in the Island section of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and first offered it for sale in 1993 and at that time planted the two beautiful large specimens growing along San Marcos Road in front of our nursery - the larger of the two measured just over 8 feet tall and 18 feet wide in 2016.  The information about Rhus lentii displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.