Fragrant sumac Texas

Anacardiaceae (Sumac family)

Skunkbush sumac is a perennial,warm-season native that has many branches. A low-growing shrub,it can reach 10 feet tall. Several subspecies of R. aromatica are recognized in Texas.

The scented leaves of this shrub are arranged in three leaflets. The flowers are yellow; the fruits are red.

Skunkbush sumac provides fair grazing for wildlife and livestock.

This shrub grows in a variety of habitats,ranging from woodlands,hills and sand dunes to rocky soils. It is generally confined to the eastern and west-central parts of Texas.

Plant Characteristics

Flower Color: Yellow

Seed Type:Bean/Pod

Duration:Perennial

Stem Texture: Hairless/Smooth

Growth Habit:Shrub (Woody)

Leaf Shape : Pinnately Compound

Season: Warm

Distribution : 01 - Pineywoods,02 - Gulf Prairies and Marshes,03 - Post Oak Savannah,04 - Blackland Prairies,05 - Cross Timbers and Prairies,07 - Edwards Plateau,08 - Rolling Plains,09 - High Plains,10 - Trans-Pecos

Book:Brush and Weeds of Texas Rangelands (B-6208)

Collection:Brush and Weeds

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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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