I planted this 'Tiger Eyes' Sumac a while ago, knowing that it would be about 10 feet tall in a mere 8 years. I am hoping it starts to shoot up a little more next summer so I can prune some low foliage. If you look at this photo from July you will notice that those long drooping leaves obscure what's growing next to the tree and completely hide what's growing underneath. This whole area seems too full and undefined and I really think it's the result of the Sumac currently functioning more like a shrub than the tree I imagined when I bought it.
As the leaves began to fall off I realized again how little is visible of the small Epimendiums and lovely Blue Bunny Carex planted under it.
There's actually room for more ground covers, so I am hoping I can make this area work a little better next summer. A friend who was visiting yesterday was surprised that my Sumac leaves were just about done as hers were barely coloring. Mine don't really color up much so I am not sad that they're gone!