Rhus typina Tiger Eyes (Bailtiger)
Tiger Eyes Sumac photo Whitehouse Display Garden

Golden Staghorn Sumac

Bright chartreuse foliage, fuzzy stems, and intense fall color make this sumac cultivar a beacon in the garden. It can grow into an upright, rounded form about 2 meters tall and as wide but in our garden it tops out at about 1.5 meters. In the fall the leaves turn colours of yellow, scarlet, and orange. The flowers are yellowish green and followed, on female plants, by hairy, dark red fruit. This plant spreads by suckers and will make a gradually widening clump.

  • Height: 1.2-1.8 m (4-6 ft)
  • Spread: 1.2-1.8 m (4-6 ft)
  • Hardiness: Zone 4-8
  • Sun or Shade: sun to partial shade
  • Bloom Time: summer to fall
  • Leaf Colour: chartreuse
  • Bloom Colour: red
  • Nature Attraction: birds

Growing and Maintenance Tips

'Tiger Eyes' Sumac is easy to grow in average, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. It is best with regular moisture during the growing season but will survive periods of drought once established. It is tolerant of a wide range of soil types but will not tolerate wet sites. Tiger Eyes will spread by suckering, but we have not found it to be aggressive in the garden. It i easy to remove any unwanted shoots as they are shallow rooted.