Tiger, Tiger, burning bright


I also picked this shrub up at Loblaws garden centre clearance on the weekend, “Tiger Eye” sumac.

It seems like I missed the boat on this one.  It was introduced by Bailey Nurseries in 2004 (I was living in England then) and won the Gold Medal Plant Award for 2007 by the Pennsylvania Hort Society (no excuse there).  My Scottish grandmother was in love with sumacs, not seeing anything like it at home in Scotland, and had to have one in her garden here.  Unfortunately, it drove my grandfather crazy as it suckered freely.  This one is supposed to be non-invasive and I am planting it as a memorial to my “Nana”.

 I am in love with this plant, it is my favourite colour combo, chartreuse and pinky/red. The leaves start off chartreuse, then change to a bright yellow and are supposed to be orange in the fall.  It is a dwarf (height and spread 6-8 feet), and is  hardy to zone 4. The leaves are lacy and deeply cut, similar to a Japanese Maple and it can take full to part sun.


Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright
“Tiger Eye” sumac

Sounds like the perfect plant, doesn’t it?  I’ll let you know.

4 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Joy said,

    Deb .. some how I missed this post and wow .. is it my Scottish roots that just HAD to HAVE TES too ? .. haha
    How has yours done this season ?.. I loved its structure and colour graduation through out the season .. I can’t wait for it to grow UP though .. hide the some times ugly gap between the shed and the deck .
    I hunt down suckers from my Stag Horn Sumac .. it can be a “job” but I love that tree too ! haha

    • 2

      Joy, that Scottish blood has a lot to answer for! I love this sumac, it just seems to glow on a cloudy day, and is incandescent on a sunny day. But, when I was on my garden tour of the Northumberland Hills, I went to two different gardens where it was either suckering or self seeding.

  2. 3

    miss m said,

    I love sumac too. It’s actually the first plant I ever brought into the garden. (Waayyy back when I scouted for things in the wild). You can imagine what a mistake that was ! Now, years later, they’re all over the place. They’ve even crept into the neighbours’ yards. There’s one side in particular where I pull suckers constantly. I still love them to bits, I just don’t want them in MY yard. (Then again, if I had 3/4 acres … ;))

    ‘Tiger eye’ looks like a great variety and I’ve considered it before. I’d still be a little apprehensive about it running, though, but the biggest drawback I find with sumac, is that it grows very fast, (which is good), but doesn’t seem to live very long.

    • 4

      When I was visiting some gardens in August, I noticed little baby “Tiger Eyes” everywhere. Now, I am a little bit nervous at having introduced it to my garden. It is not supposed to be as invasive as the species. I guess we will see.

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