Rhus aromatica Ait.

  • Family: Anacardiaceae
  • Common names: fragrant sumac, aromatic sumac, skunkbush
  • Synonyms: R. aromatica var. aromatica, R. aromatica var. illinoense, R. aromatica var. & ssp. serotina, R. trilobata var. serotina, Schmaltzia crenata

    Shrub to 3 m (9 ft) tall. Leaves trifoliate, petiolate, fragrant when crushed. Leaflets variable in size,shape, lobing, margins, and pubescence but usually shiny-glabrous above. Flowers small, yellow, appearing in the early Spring. Fruits pubescent, red or orange, 5-7 mm (0.2-0.3 in) in diameter, ripening in late spring or early Summer.

    Distribution: The species is native to most of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains.
    Habitat: Most abundant in open, rocky uplands, but is sometimes found in other habitats.
    Comment: A widespread and variable species, often divided into several subspecies and varieties. Similar species in the Southwest are sometimes combined with it. Rhus is the ancient Latin name; aromatica refers to the aromatic leaves.
    NWI status: none

    Distribution in Oklahoma:

    Last update: 9/17/99
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