Desert Sumac

nonoraApril 2, 2011

I am planting a garden of native plants about twelve miles up HWY 74 from the Coachella Valley. I've found almost every plant I was looking for (big thanks to the folks at The Living Desert in Palm Desert - great native plant sale today and tomorrow), but I can not find a source locally or online for the Desert Sumac, Rhus Microphylla. It's such an important and desirable wildlife plant that I hate to go without it. Anyone have any suggestions?

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If you are near any plants you may want to get some cuttings or collect seed. Apparently seed is available commercially. Check the link below for propagation info.
They list a Texas nursery but it is a walk-in and also
a garden where the plants are grown. Maybe contacting them asking for seed will get you what you want?

Here is a link that might be useful: Rhus microphylla

    Bookmark   April 2, 2011 at 6:39PM
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Out of curiosity, is Rhus microphylla (littleaf Sumac), a CA native? I can't find it as such in CalFlora or Jepson and the USDA plants database shows it as AZ/NM/TX/OK. I can't imagine though that Rhus aromatica, R. ovata or R. integrifolia are any easier to find at nurseries.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2011 at 2:57PM
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