sugar sumac Anacardiaceae Rhus ovata
Leaf:Alternate, simple, evergreen, ovate, leathery, 3 to 4 inches long, sharp pointed, entire margin (maybe toothed), folded along the midrib, shiny green above, paler beneath, fragrant.
Flower:Tight clusters of very small white to pink flowers with 5 petals, clusters occur at ends of twigs and are 2 to 3 inches long, appearing in spring.
Fruit:Elliptical, 1/8 inch across, fuzzy and red in clusters at the ends of the twigs, ripen in late summer and persist into winter.
Twig:Moderately stout, red and green (later turning gray), smooth with small hairy buds nearly hidden by petiole.
Bark:Smooth and grayish brown, later becoming scaly and rough.
Form:Large thicket forming shrub reaching up to 15 feet with a spreading, sprawling crown.