sugar sumac Anacardiaceae Rhus
ovata S. Watson
|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.
Looks like: lemonade sumac
- laurel sumac
- hollyleaf cherry
| Additional Range Information:
Rhus ovata is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting sugar sumac.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson