This is our latest garden in Islington, not quite finished, but only a week or so left. It features our new favourite the Rhus glabra ‘Laciniata’ (Cutleaf Smooth Sumac). An exotic yet hardy shrub, stout with pithy stems and fronds of finely cut tropical-looking leaves that turn an outstanding scarlet in autumn. It’s upright spreading shape lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to any garden. This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution, thriving in inner city environments. It will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years. We think that it’s quirky architectural shape brings a fun yet strangely powerful presence to the garden.