African Sumac

  • African Sumac


A gift from nature

Guest staying at our four-star campsite Les Jardins de La Pascalinette ® in Provence get to voyage around the world at a fraction of the cost! New Zealand, China, Australia… Our gardens are a genuine invitation to travel!

If you hadn’t already guessed, the African Sumac takes us all the way to the arid and semi-arid landscapes of Africa. Also known by its Latin name Rhus viminalis, the African Sumac is characterized by its elegant silhouette and ability to resist even the harshest conditions.

This remarkable shrub is far more than just a garden plant; it is deeply rooted in the region’s culture and ecosystem. Rhus viminalis takes its name from its delicate foliage and flexible branches reminiscent of those of the willow (Salix viminalis). But unlike its European namesake, African Sumac offers more than just aesthetics: its leaves are also used in traditional African medicine to treat a variety of ailments, ranging from gastrointestinal disorders to skin conditions.

A magic potion?

Rhus viminalis is associated with a fascinating anecdote: it is said that in days gone by, Zulu warriors infused its leaves to heighten their stamina before battle – a tradition testifying to the rich cultural history and intelligent use of natural resources by the indigenous peoples of Africa.

In addition to its practical uses, African Sumac is a pillar of the local ecosystem. Its berries provide food for many birds and small mammals, hence contributing to the region’s biodiversity.

What’s more, its deep roots help stabilize soils and prevent erosion in drought-prone areas such as our beautiful Var area, French Riviera-Côte d’Azur. If you’re keen to know more, simply check out the Nos Coins de Paradis ® (Our Corners of Paradise) page!

With its medicinal uses, vital role in our ecosystem and ties to history and traditions, this shrub of course has pride of place on our Décou’Verte® botanical footpath.


Latin name :Rhus Viminalis
Family :Anacardiacées
Genus :Rhus
Species :Viminalis
Color :Green leaves / Greenish yellow flowers
Origin :Africa
Foliage :Evergreen
Port :Tree, perennial
Height :8 m
Flowering :Spring
African Sumac

Did you know?

African Sumac releases millions of tiny seeds in autumn that grow the following spring, making it a fairly invasive plant.