Can I plant a tiger eyes sumac in a pot. Then plant the pot and sumac into my garden, and if I can what size pot ?
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Tigers Eye (Rhus typhina), is a dwarf staghorn sumac cultivar that typically matures to only 6′ tall and wide. New growth emerges as a vibrant chartreuse colour and when planted in full sun the leaves will turn a vivid colours of red, yellow and orange. Although this plant is said to be a slow grower and non invasive people have experienced extensive suckering of this plant during it’s third year. As a result growing this plant in a container may limit the root growth.
A number of other homeowners have grown this plant in containers on their balcony. Depending on the size of the plant you will need a relatively large pot.
In order to overwinter a plant in a container the container must be able to hold a large amount of soil in order to insulate the roots of the plant from fluctuating temperatures.
The post titled Overwintering shrubs and perennials describes the steps required for overwintering plants in containers.