Rhus typhina 'Bailtiger' TIGER EYES

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 7 Professionals
Common Name: staghorn sumac
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Anacardiaceae
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 3.00 to 6.00 feet
Spread: 3.00 to 6.00 feet
Bloom Time: July
Bloom Description: Greenish-yellow
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Medium
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Colorful, Good Fall
Fruit: Showy
Tolerate: Rabbit, Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Black Walnut


Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of a wide range of soils except for soils that are poorly drained. Generally tolerant of urban conditions. TIGER EYES will slowly spread by suckering, but is not aggressive as is the case with species plants.

Noteworthy Characteristics

TIGER EYES is a dwarf, golden-leaved, staghorn sumac cultivar that typically matures to only 6’ tall and as wide. It was discovered in a cultivated nursery setting in July of 1985 as a whole plant mutation of R. typhina ‘Laciniata’. It is considered to be a superior landscape plant to ‘Laciniata’ as well as to the species (Rhus typhina) because of its dwarf size, quality yellow foliage and minimal suckering. Deeply dissected, pinnate compound leaves (to 1-2’ long) emerge chartreuse in spring, but quickly mature to bright yellow. Foliage may acquire some striking orange and scarlet tones in fall. Foliage contrasts well with the purplish branches and stems. Tiny insignificant greenish-yellow flowers bloom in terminal cone-shaped panicles in early summer (June-July), followed on female plants (plants are dioecious) by reddish fall fruiting clusters. U. S. Plant Patent PP16,185 was issued on January 3, 2006.


No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to leaf spots, rusts, powdery mildew, blister and cankers. Scale, aphids and caterpillars may appear. Watch for mites.

Garden Uses

Excellent landscape specimen or accent. Also effective when massed. Shrub borders. Foundations.