It has grown considerably in the last 5 years. So I don't mind it. Free, free, free. I recently planted an African Sumac, and the leaves are starting to turn yellow. What other needs do you have for this tree? Every part of the tree contains urushiol oil, which causes an allergic reaction to skin. BTW how big do you want to get? But its also in a corner of the yard that doesn't get much traffic. I also like that they do not require copius amounts of water. Sumac is associated mainly with Middle Eastern cooking, though there is a North American variant of the spice. 3+ years of living in this house, my soil is almost black because of using organinc mulches. The diagram depicts the decay series for Th232 to Pb208. I will always like my tree (as long as the roots don't create problems down the line). I planted a young African Sumac mid-April 2004. We have two very very large African Sumacs, on either side of the yard. I have two that are spaced 12 - 15 feet for about 9 year now they overlap a bit making a nice effect but need careful pruning....Good Luck. I would not be concerned about Summacs until temps drop toward 25 F and don't warm up much in the day like less then 35 ... and it has happened before ...... Don't overwater during the winter ... check your root zones every few days with a digging bar to see if you need to water .... hand watering is a good technique by the way if you have the time... you will have to check yourself but I would guess a good soaking at planting time then maybe twice per week for the first month or so ............. Good Day. Here is a link from the LVVWD on drip watering:http://www.lvvwd.com/html/ws_watering_drip.html. A mushroom and a humpback whale are alike because both are ? "We just put in a Sumac but we didn't know it had seed droppings.". They generally can live up to 60 years so I don't think age is a factor here. I'm glad they grow fast, but since they're a moderate size, I'm not too concerned. I have 2 sage bushes and what a mess. ), and the berries. Her response..."Well, I trust the landscaper, who suggested it....". Previous home owners brought it from Iowa & planted it here.Though I live in high desert zone 7 @ 5280 ft. (Albuquerque, NM) this tree must be nearly 50 years old & looks very oriental in shape & colors many different shades that change daily beautifully in the Fall before the leaves fall. It is a versatile spice, and can be added to a meat rub, used as a flavoring in vegetable dishes (such as eggplant), and is the perfect seasoning for homemade hummus.Sumac is an ideal match for lamb and duck as it cuts through the fattiness of the meat. 3 Answers. Still have questions? Update: The trees are 15-20 ft.tall. Its fine textured foliage varies from pale green to deep olive-green and has a resinous smell when crushed. You can have them, just come dig them up for me. Removing a sumac tree from your yard can be a tricky business. Any ideas? Or when they plant them small, they use just a few emitters … Birds eat them all the time and they have been used to make beer.Sumacs can't support the weight of snow and will break. Thank you, lazy_gardens Do all of the above have "pool & retaining wall"- friendly root systems? I'd hate to have to dig it up. It is probably only 5-10 feet away from the house and is up against a block wall. I do little maintenance (leaf raking etc.) I'm thinking of planting a Sumac in a fairly small raised cobblestone bed off the patio. "How far should either the Sumac or the Mesquite be from a block wall or house or even each other?". I have a staghorn sumac that provides sheltered shade and very 'dainty' looking; leaves turn brilliant shades of orange/red/yellow here in zone 7 NM in the fall. Thanks for the info. They do no prefer the warmer climates, in general. There are also desirable sumacs used in the landscape, and they are most commonly planted in the mid-west, though not ruled out for the northeast. Each sucker will become another plant. My tree is messy, but I don't mind the dead leaves and seeds--it provides an Autumn look that adds character to the backyard.