Tiger Eye Sumac

Vivid First Editions® Tiger Eyes® Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac

  • Colorful Foliage
  • Tropical Look
  • Hardy Thriller for Containers in Smaller Yards
  • Chartreuse, Yellow and Pink Color for Summer
  • Yellow, Orange and Scarlet Fall Color
  • Excellent Plant for Massing or Backdrop
  • Perfect Plant for Slopes, Rain Gardens and Much More

Have you been noticing a really interesting and eye-catching plant around your town? First Editions® Tiger Eyes® Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger’ PP 16,185) is a cold hardy shrub that looks almost tropical!

Small yard? Still want a ton of impact? Try Tiger Eyes in large containers for your patio or outdoor seating areas.

Room to spare? Great, plant it in the ground and let it do its thing to bring color and charm to your landscape.

You’ll love every nuance of the color. New spring growth is lively chartreuse green quickly changing to yellow. Both colors contrasting nicely with rosy-pink leaf stems.

As magnificent as the summer colors are, the dramatic effect of yellow, orange and intense scarlet in autumn are unparalleled.

This is a showy, colorful plant that gets noticed. Everything about it stands out, including the gentle interplay between the branches, which angle upward and the deeply cut leaflets, which drape downward.

Use Tiger Eyes as a focal point in your landscape. It can be an accent or used in mass plantings.

Depending on the partner plants and the styling you give it, it would work in an Asian-inspired garden, contemporary, rustic or even in an extreme modern setting.

It tolerates a wide range of soils as well as urban conditions. It can take just about any soil type you care to give it. It will even work in either poorly drained soils or very dry soil. Talk about tough!

Tiger Eyes Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac is a deciduous shrub with colorful foliage. Plant one or more for an incredible presence in your yard or in a naturalized area.

How to Use Tiger Eyes in the Landscape

Tiger Eyes is a fantastic focal point for all sunny yards. This becomes a beautiful specimen plant that will stand out in any landscape.

The bright leaves have a delicate, lacy look. This cutleaf form of Sumac works well as a backdrop to your favorite perennials. Or, use it in front of larger, dark green evergreens to become the star of the show.

Create long, irregular drift plantings in open sunny areas. Vary the spacing between plants and move from a single plant on either end to two or even three plants deep near the center of the drift.

You’ll love the big, robust and showy display!

Yes, Tiger Eyes Sumac looks dramatic, but it actually really easy care. It can be used as a small tree or single stem plant in large garden containers.

Plant it in a sunny back yard along the back of your perennial or mixed shrub beds. It will pop against evergreens, or the cool blue tones of Russian Sage and Blue Shadow Fothergilla.

Train it into a small single stem tree in the lawn by removing the lowest limbs back to the main trunk. Keep the lawn mowed all around it to maintain that tidy form.

Otherwise, if you have the space, let this beautiful plant do its thing! While not as aggressive as the wild Sumacs, even this smaller variety can easily grow to fill a naturalized area. It’s wonderful when you can let it spread the way it wants.

Tiger Eyes makes a spectacular showing on slopes. Why not use your slope as a wonderful feature in your garden?

Don’t plant turf on slopes. Decorate them with the bright colors of Sumacs, instead! On the lowest section, plant Gro-Lo Sumac groundcover. Then, plan out a layer of Tiger Eye for a bright band of color. Use a gentle zig-zag and vary the spacing between plants for the most natural look.

Sunny yellow, fine textured foliage draws your eye all season long. At the top of the slope, use the larger varieties of Staghorn and Smooth Sumac. Each fall, you’ll have an amazing display of color with very little maintenance.

Add evergreen trees, boulders and large shrubs to your slope planting. Layer in Red Twigged Dogwood and Ornamental Grasses, and the look will work for you all winter long. What a visual treat, and all of it far safer than mowing!

Tips for Care

This plant is very adaptable to most soils. While it’s a young plant, you’ll need to provide moderate water to establish.

Once it’s roots are established in your native soil, the plant becomes very tolerant of dry or wet soils. This is a set it and forget it plant. It even thrives in clay soils!

The only task you’ll need to do is pruning. Prune this non-aggressive Sumac in early spring. You can even cut back the plants right to the ground. This allows new shoots to develop from the roots. This refreshes the plant. It will respond quickly reaching 3-4 feet in the very first season after being cut off.

If you are maintaining your Tiger Eyes as a colony, you can keep it fresh and vigorous with great color if you remove 1/3 of the largest, oldest branches to the ground in early spring. You’ll do this each year for 3 years. This is called Renewal Pruning and it gives you a steady supply of young, full shoots.

Deer don’t prefer the taste of Sumac. As with all new plants, it’s a great idea to remind Bambi of that fact by spraying Deer Repellent as you plant it. Reapply following directions. You might also try fencing off young plants if deer pressure is high. Once your plants are established, the fences have done their job and can be removed.

Tiger Eyes Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac has no significant pest or disease issues. It’s a perfect choice to add color, charm and style to the good times at your place.