Anacardiaceae
Rhus glabra

Smooth Sumac

Deciduous shrub or small tree with many branches. Leaves 12–18 in. long, divided pinnately to 11–31 lance-shaped leaflets, each 1–4 in. long with sharply pointed tip, turning scarlet in autumn. Inflorescence dense, club-shaped, to 8 in. long, upward-pointing. White to green flowers each about 1/8 in. across. Fruit is a pulpy, round, red berry covered with short red hairs; contains a single stone; usually persists through winter. Grows in disturbed soils and grasslands near water in dry areas.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 3--18 feet
  • Habitat: Disturbed, Meadow
  • Found In: East Gorge
  • Native: Yes