Rhus typhina 'Bailtiger'
|Morning sun playing in the golden foliage ||
|Just starting to change color in late September |
Impulse buy at a quick visit to Lennilea nursery. I gave it a nice spot in a corner of the back yard, where it will be in full view from many viewpoints. The tree features wonderful golden cut-leaf foliage and fuzzy pink stems, with bright orange fall color. It will eventually grow 6' tall and wide, and fill up its corner site, where two sections of split rail fence come together. Thus far, though, it hasn't grown much - a year after planting, it's still pretty much the same size. I'm hoping for a leap year in 2010!
||Tiger Eyes staghorn sumac
The fall color comes early, and is followed by sudden defoliation. The photo at left was taken on October 22nd, before the season's killing frost. When this happened the first year after I planted it, I was afraid the tree had died - there really doesn't appear to be much life in the brittle stems after the leaves drop. But now I know better, and feel confident that the tree will leaf out again next spring, bigger and better.
The fuzzy burgundy flowers didn't appear until two years after we planted our specimen. They aren't the main attraction, but add to the interest.
This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...
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|Heather||Sep 14, 2008||I absolutely love, love, LOVE this plant. I heard it suckers (not as profusely as other sumacs, but still). I'm in my second year, and have had no problems with it. The fall color is unbeatable, and it's growing tremendously fast. I finally saw one full size and liked the canopy shape so you can plant underneath it. |
|Lover of plants||Jul 15, 2009||I just bought this plant (impulse) and love it.. tho I'm not sure where to plant it yet.. I wish I had some help as to where would look best. I would love the toning to show at the front of the house by the walkway, but not sure of the roots since my septic bed is at the front.. I just wish someone could look at pics of my yard and give me some ideas!!|
|Phyllis Rankin||Apr 24, 2011||My mother had one of the tiger eveys staghorn when I was a little girl I did not know what it was called. All I knew it by was a sumac tree. I have been looking for one of these for over 20 years. Where can I get one of these out.|
|buzzcut||Jun 08, 2011||i have one that i am picking up when i visit my sister this weekend. am very excited to get this baby planted! although, not sure i have a spot as nice as the above pic!!!|
Good luck with it. My original died over the last winter, I just planted a new (small) one in a different location.
|buzzcut||Jul 01, 2011||i planted my 'tiger eyes' about a month ago (small plant---about a foot high). i have noticed quite a bit of new growth on the plant, but, it also appears that much of the original growth is now turning reddish orange/yellow. is this anything to be concerned about?|
I don't think so. I think the same happened to my first specimen when it was first planted, and it came back the following year just fine.
|rufus fitts||Aug 23, 2011||Do you know the life length of this plant |
I don't – so far, the track record in our garden isn't great (our first one survived about three years), but I'm sure that's not indicative of its normal life span.
|Kathy||Oct 11, 2011||We ended up with ours in a pot on our deck. Just figured out after it coming back two summers that it should be planted. It provides nice interest among my other pots on the patio. Hoping it will go one more time. Love the colour and and the contrast.|
I bet it does look great. Good luck keeping it going.
|buzzcut||Apr 04, 2012||well, april 4th and many things are putting out new growth, especially with the mild winter here in z4 (ne/sd). except for my tiger eyes. will be a little more patient, but, thought i might see signs of something. i just love this plant (i will take the good with the bad). if this one doesn't make it, i definitely will be looking for another!|
Ours hasn't exactly pushed growth yet, but its buds have become more prominent. It certainly is a little later than many other plants to start growth in spring, so I think yours may be fine as well.
|Wanda Simpson||Jun 20, 2013||I planted my Rhus Typhina in April. It is in really full-sun. It seems to droop a lot and when I look at it in the evenings it appears as if it is dying but then the next day the leaves appear to be stronger. Do I need to move it to a spot with less sun? What should I do because I really love this plant|
I don't really know – I don't think too much sun would be an issue (although your climate may be very different from mine). Maybe it's still getting its roots established; remember to keep it well watered during hot weather.
|Annette||Jul 26, 2013||I love this tree we are on the third summer its really starting to grow its about 3 1/2 feet tall and about 4 feet wide. This is the first summer for the burgundy blossoms. Beautiful bright orange in the fall.|
|Rae Wade||Jul 24, 2015||I'm a NJ Master Gardener. I bought this plant last June from a NJ nursery--loved it--brought it down here to GA in a pot, but we're moving to NJ by next spring, so I kept it in the pot. In August '14, it blackened and seemed to die. Bare branches--stayed outside in a GA winter colder than usual--even though we are Zone 8. This spring, it suddenly burst into leaves again. It was beautiful until this month--July. The lower leaves are blackening and fall off. Top growth is continuing but I'm fearful. I don't want to plant it here because I feel that since 8 is the top zone recommended, I think it hates this heat--triple digits much of this month--July '15. I worry that I'm watering it just as I water other potted houseplants where it sits and yet it wilts when I don't water it--it gets sun from east and south daily, but that's GA sun--devastating to part shade plants. Any advice? Should I just plant it here, buy another once I'm back in NJ?.|
I'd plant it and hope for the best. But then, I'm not the best resource – both of the specimens I've purchased through the years have perished, for reasons I never understood.
|Rose Wittmeier ||Jun 10, 2017||My tiger eyes rhus typhina bailtiger doesn't seem to be getting any buds yet and I don't know how to tell if it has died and what to look for.|
I'm afraid you've lost it. They seems to be prone to sudden death...
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