Fragrant sumac leaves

Fragrant Sumac leaves and
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Rhus aromatica
( 'Gro-low' Fragrant Sumac )

Spreading, low-growing, vigorous, deciduous shrub with smooth hairless branches. Grows to 2 1/2 feet tall and up to 8 feet wide. Leaves are 3-palmate, aromatic, to 4 inches in length. Leaflets are glossy, toothed, obvate, green, turning brilliant reddish-orange in the fall. Small yellow flowers are in upright conical panicles to 3/4 inches long, followed by red, round fruit. Withstands poor, exposed conditions and little water. Fantastic fall color. Good as a groundcover. Bold texture, especially with fall color, a nice accent.

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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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