This hardy, low-growing shrub withstands poor soil conditions well, provided the soil is well-drained. In gardens, fragrant sumac prefers slightly acidic soil that is medium to dry. Fragrant sumac is drought, deer and rabbit resistant, but attracts butterflies and birds.
In landscaping, fragrant sumac shrubs provide ground cover and are suitable for stabilizing areas that are susceptible to erosion, such as embankments. Fragrant sumac is particularly useful as ground cover in areas with poor soil conditions. The shrub naturally forms thickets when left undisturbed. Fragrant sumac is suitable for planting in clusters or dense colonies, or can be planted alone as an accent in butterfly gardens.