Rhus species are both insect- and wind-pollinated, and attract a range of bees, wasps and flies. While the fruits of some species are used as a spice, they are seemingly not attractive to our birds. All are large shrubs or small trees providing 3D structure to a garden, but most (especially R. typhina) are potentially invasive, spreading by rhizomes into dense patches that can outcompete native vegetation. All steps should be taken to avoid them spreading beyond the garden wall...


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