lemonade sumac Anacardiaceae Rhus
integrifolia (Nutt.) W.H. Brewer & S. Watson
|Leaf: Alternate, simple, evergreen, elliptical, leathery, 2 to 2 1/2 inches long, entire to toothed (nearly spiny) margin, waxy, shiny green above, paler beneath, fragrant.
Flower: Small (1/4 inch across), 5 white to pink petals, occur in 2 to 3 inch clusters at the end s of the twigs, appearing in late winter and early spring.
Fruit: Elliptical, 1/2 inch across, reddish brown and fuzzy, in tight clusters at the ends of the twigs.
Twig: Moderately stout, reddish and fuzzy, small pointy buds.
Bark: Smooth and grayish brown, develops reddish splits and cracks, eventually coarsely scaly.
Form: Large thicket forming shrub reaching up to 10 feet with a spreading, sprawling.
Looks like: laurel sumac
- sugar sumac
- hollyleaf cherry
| Additional Range Information:
Rhus integrifolia is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting lemonade sumac.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson