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Sugar Bush

Sugar Bush

Regular price $9.90 USD
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Plant Type: shrub

Plant Height: 8-15 feet
Spread: 6-10 feet
Flower Color: white
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade


Sugar Bush, scientifically known as Rhus ovata, is a dense, evergreen shrub native to the chaparral and coastal sage scrub regions of California and Baja California. It is highly valued in native and water-wise gardens for its resilience, low-water requirements, and ornamental qualities. The plant is characterized by its rounded, dome-like shape and thick, leathery leaves that have a shiny surface, making it attractive throughout the year.

Growing to about 8 to 15 feet in height and 6 to 10 feet in width, Sugar Bush can be used as a large foundation plant, for natural screening, or as part of a native plant garden. In spring to early summer, it produces clusters of small, white to pale pink flowers that are followed by red berry-like fruits, which attract birds and other wildlife.

Adapted to full sun to partial shade, Rhus ovata thrives in well-draining soil and is extremely drought-tolerant once established, making it an excellent choice for xeriscaping and dry gardens. It is also fire-resistant, adding to its value in fire-prone regions. Sugar Bush prefers minimal water once established and can suffer from overwatering.

In landscaping, Sugar Bush is often used for its ornamental appeal and ease of care. It can serve as a specimen plant, in mass plantings for erosion control on slopes, or as part of a wildlife garden. Its glossy foliage and compact form make it a visually appealing addition to the landscape, while its drought tolerance and ecological benefits support sustainable gardening practices.

Overall, Sugar Bush is a versatile and attractive shrub that adds beauty, structure, and habitat value to the landscape with minimal maintenance. Its adaptability to a range of conditions and resistance to drought make it a popular choice for gardeners looking to create water-wise and native plant gardens.

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