Fragrant sumac smell

Sumac key
  • Latin Name: Rhus aromatica
  • Other Common Names: Lemon sumac, sweet-scented sumac, polecat bush, aromatic sumac, skunk-bush sumac, three-leaf sumac
  • Native to: Eastern North America
  • USDA Zones: 4-8
  • Height: 2-8' tall
  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade

As the species and common names suggest, this plant has a scent. Specifically, the leaves and twigs smell like citrus if you crush them. The berries can be used to make a lemonade-like drink.

Fragrant sumac looks a lot like its relative, poison ivy (Rhus radicans or Toxicodendron radicans), but this species does not contain any poisons. You can use it to cover an area as it will spread throughout by suckers. The leaves shift to become purple, orange or red in autumn.


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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