fragrant sumac - Anacardiaceae Rhus aromatica


Common Namefragrant sumac
iTree CodeRHAR

Plant Form

Formshrub, multi-stemmed
Height12 feet
Spread20 feet

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 smooth Leaf Type  Information Icon Compound - Pinnate
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, wooly Bud Arrangement Information Icon Alternate
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 zones pH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min3a Min5.0 SoilLow
Max3b Max8.0 SprayUnknown

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
Unknown Unknown Unknown

Species Status

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