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Rhus spp.

Family: Anacardiaceae

  • open woods, roadsides, and fields
  • prefer dry soil
Smooth Sumac
  • tree or shrub
  • shrub may only live 5 years
Smooth Sumac Leaflets Leaves:
Flower and Fruit:
  • flowers grow in clusters 3-5 inches long
  • flowers are yellow
  • bloom in June and July
  • when flowers are gone, red berries take their place
  • grow in pyramid-shaped clusters
  • can be hairy or smooth clusters depending on species
single leaf
Staghorn Sumac Fruit
The leaves, bark, and berries can be used to produce a dyes for fabrics.
fall color

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