Rhus batophylla, also known as the Redberry Rhus, is a large shrub native to South Africa. It typically grows between 5 to 10 feet tall and has an ash-gray foliage with large, ornamental sprays of wine-colored berries. This stunning plant is easy to care for, requiring only a moderate amount of water and the ability to thrive in both full sun and semi-shade.
For gardeners living in USDA Zones 9-11, Rhus batophylla is an excellent choice for your landscaping needs. Thriving in warm and dry climates, this deciduous shrub requires minimal maintenance once established and does well whether grown in the ground or a pot.
When grown in colder regions, Rhus batophylla can do well in a pot when the right conditions are provided. For best results, provide your Redberry Rhus with a well-draining soil, placed in an area with plenty of sunshine, and ensure the soil never dries out completely. You can feed it with a balanced fertilizer once or twice a year to help ensure new growth and berry production.
This drought and heat tolerant plant makes a great addition to any outdoor space. Whether in a pot or in the ground, Rhus batophylla is sure to bring a pop of color with its dark wine-colored berries and ornamental foliage. With its easy to care for low-maintenance nature, the Redberry Rhus is an ideal choice for any garden.