Water Needs

Light Needs

Common Name

African Sumac

Scientific Name

Rhus lancea (Now known as Searsia lancea)

Botanical Pronunciation

Se-ar CEE-a LAN-see-a

Plant Type

Broadleaf Evergreen Trees, Shade Trees

Deciduous / Evergreen


Special Features

Drought tolerant, Narrow willow-like leaves 4" to 5" long and borne in three leaflets, Grey to chocolate brown trunk, Greenish flowers in winter, Flowers have musty fragrance, Fruit is hidden under canopy small reddish color fading to brown into late summer.


Spring, inconspicuous

Growth Habit

Informal and rounded

Growth Rate


Average Landscape Size

20' x 15'

Landscape Uses

Shade, screening

Care Information

Water deep and infrequently during hot months.

Will need to be limbed up if you want to create a canopy. Protect exposed trunks from sun scald

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USDA Hardiness Zone

15° F, Zone 8b

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