African sumac Anacardiaceae Rhus lancea L. f. Listen to the Latin symbol: RHLA11 Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, evergreen, trifoliate compound, linear, narrow leaflets (willow like) each 3 to 5 inches long, entire margins, leathery, often slightly curved, shiny dark green above, paler below.
Flower: Species is dioecious; small, creamy green colored in large tight cluster or spray, appearing in early spring.
Fruit: Small round, glossy tan drupe, 1/4 inch in diameter in a hanging many branched cluster.
Twig: Slender, light red to greenish tan, darkens with age to a reddish brown.
Bark: Dark reddish brown, later becoming lighter and quite scaly.
Form: A wide spreading small tree with a dense crown reaching up to 25 feet tall.
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Additional Range Information:
Rhus lancea is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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