fragrant sumac - Anacardiaceae Rhus aromatica

Taxonomy

FamilyAnacardiaceae
GenusRhus
Speciesaromatica
Common Namefragrant sumac
iTree CodeRHAR

Plant Form

Formshrub, multi-stemmed
Height12 feet
Spread20 feet
DeciduousYes

Identification Description

FoliageFoliage is alternately spaced, with a large terminal leaflet and two smaller lateral leaflets (trifoliate), both sides are covered in matted down hairs, at maturity the top side becomes glossy and smoothLeaf Type Information IconCompound - Pinnate
Needles0
Barkred brown bark is smooth or scaly with lenticels, old stems have shallow furrows
Budvery small, dome-shaped surrounded by a leaf scar, yellow to yellow brown, woolyBud Arrangement Information IconAlternate
Twigsomewhat zigzag, red brown, strong odor when the twig is broken, dense and velvety
Flowerat branch tips multiple lemon-drop like clusters, female flowers are light yellow while male flowers are brownish, dioecious
Fruitdark wine red berries that are .25 inches in diameter and globular
Fall Colororange, scarlet red then purple

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zonespH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min3aMin5.0SoilLow
Max3bMax8.0SprayUnknown

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
UnknownUnknownUnknown

Species Status

Nebraska Native
U.S. NativeYes Check
Region of OriginUnited States, Canada