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Fragrant Sumac
Rhus aromatica

Other common names: Squaw Bush

Family: Cashew Family (Anacardiaceae)

Group: Sumacs

Distinctive features: Shrub; Leaves fragrant when rubbed or crushed.

Similar species:
  •   Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii) - leaves are not aromatic.

Flowers: Spring;  Yellow;  5 parts (petals)

Leaves: Alternate, Compound, Toothed;  Compound (3 leaflets), alternate. Fragrant when rubbed or crushed.

Height: 2 m (6 ft)

Habitat: Fields and Open Areas;  Open areas.

Books: Shrubs of Ontario: 271    Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 318   

Native/Non-native: Native

Status: Locally common, here and there.

Notes: Fragrant sumac is a gorgeous medium sized shrub that has appeared in landscaping in the past 10 years. It has many attractive features, such as glossy green leaves, rich red leaves in fall, red berries and excellent drought tolerance. It also tolerates full sun and light shade. Its only need is well drained areas, such a slope.

Photographs: 157 photographs available, of which 1 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica)


Range map for Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica)

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