Rhus aromatica, or Fragrant Sumac, is a deciduous, thicket-forming shrub found in dry, open woods in most states of eastern U.S. (In NC, it is found mostly in piedmont counties.) Fragrant Sumac has a variable, sprawling, irregular form. It is reported by some to grow as tall as 12 feet in some areas, more like 6 feet in others. ‘Gro-low’ is a selection which reliably grows to only 2 to 3 feet at maturity by 6 to 8 feet wide. (The USDA distribution map, link below, is for the species.) However, ‘Gro-low maintains the other, desirable, characters of the species. For instance, the aromatic foliage is lustrous and attractive and turns beautiful shades of golds and reds and purples in fall. Small, yellow female flowers appear before leaves have expanded in the spring, attracting butterflies and moths and other insects (the male catkins are produced later in the season and overwinter). The dark, hairy, red berries which follow are popular with birds. Gro-low’s roots are deep and highly branched and it is often recommended for stabilizing a bank. Its nature is to form colonies by tip-rooting as well as by suckering. Grown singly in a mixed border, it is not difficult to control its spread, but it shines as a mass planting or ground cover.