Fragrant Sumac Fruit

Figure 3: The fruit of the
fragrant sumac Anacardiaceae Aiton symbol: RHAR4
Leaf: Alternate, 3 large toothed leaflets, 3 to 5 inches long, terminal leaflet short-stalked, dull dark green above, paler below, fragrant odor when crushed.
Flower: Quite small, greenish yellow, in small round clusters; appearing in late spring to early summer.
Fruit: Round cluster of reddish brown, fuzzy drupes, each 1/4 inch across, ripen in mid to late summer.
Twig: Slender, brown, finely fuzzy, buds small and yellowish brown surrounded by a circular leaf scars. Flower buds occur in conspicuous, tight catkin-like clusters.
Bark: Gray-brown and tight, initially smooth with obvious lenticels, later developing peeling splits.
Form: Short sprawling shrub 2 to 4 feet tall.
Looks like: poison-ivy - poison-oak - skunkbush sumac
Additional Range Information:
Rhus aromatica is native to North America. It is not widely planted. See states reporting fragrant sumac.
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Part 2

2012-11-13 08:39:45 by Nurseryman75

In North America, the Smooth Sumac (R. glabra) and the Staghorn Sumac (R. typhina) are sometimes used to make a beverage termed "sumac-ade," "Indian lemonade" or "rhus juice". This drink is made by soaking the drupes in cool water, rubbing them to extract the essence, straining the liquid through a cotton cloth and sweetening it. Native Americans also used the leaves and drupes of the Smooth and Staghorn Sumacs combined with tobacco in traditional smoking mixtures.
Species including the Fragrant Sumac (R. aromatica), the Littleleaf Sumac (R. microphylla), the Skunkbush Sumac (R. trilobata), the Smooth Sumac and the Staghorn Sumac are grown for ornament, either as the wild types or as cultivars


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