Rhus lancea
ROOS LAN-see-uh

African Sumac
Anacardiaceae (Cashew family)
Origin: South Africa

©Street Tree Division
City of Los Angeles - Department of Public Works
Bureau of Street Services

Species characteristics:
Form - Evergreen. Informal, small to medium, densely rounded trees with moderate growth to 30' and as wide. Spreading habit, with leaves that hang gracefully weeping from outer branches.

Trunk - Distinctive dark reddish brown, rough bark.

Foliage - Leaves are divided into three shiny, leathery and slender dark green leaflets 4 - 5" long and 3/8" wide with paler undersides.

Flowers/fruit - Small cream colored flowers. Yellow or red 1/4" pea-Iike fruits, are borne in clusters on female trees.

No significant pest problems are known at this time.

Site suitability:

Sunset zones - 8, 9, and 12 - 24.

Clearances - Suitable for 5 - 6' parkways or 5' x 5' cutouts. Suitable under utility lines.

Good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns.

Culture considerations:
Can take high summer heat, wind, aridity and poor soils. When established is drought resistant. Suckers are a problem when young. On female trees flowers and fruit can be messy .