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Staghorn Sumac for Albuquerque?

Posted by carmody 7 (My Page) on
Sat, May 1, 04 at 19:44

Am thinking off staghorn sumac for my Albuqueruqe yard. Any thoughts? The book I have says it can tolerate low water. It looks beautiful and if grows only 20' as the bookl says, I'm thinking it could be perfect.


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RE: Staghorn Sumac for Albuquerque?

Great plant! It looks so "tropical," yet it is as tough as nails. Up here in Durango, the red fall color is absolutely stunning. The fuzzy stems are a wonderful bonus in winter. Needs very little water when established. It thrives on abuse and neglect. You will love it. The only drawback: It spreads by suckering, so be sure to give it plenty of room. It's not the best for a foundation planting or specimen. If you plant it along a fence, you might want to check with your neighbor because it could move into their yard. But it's ideal for naturizing a backyard or as a pioneer plant in a new development. Great choice for ABQ. The local bank grows it with buffalo junipers and pyracantha (firethorn) in an unwatered parking lot "island." Looks great year round.

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