skunkbush sumac Anacardiaceae Rhus trilobata
Leaf:Alternate, compound, with 3 variously lobed, coarsely serrated leaflets, leathery (may be scruffy), 2 to 3 inches long, dark green and shiny above, unpleasant odor when crushed.
Flower:Small white to creamy yellow flowers in a terminal spike-like cluster, appear in late spring.
Fruit:Fuzzy, orange-red, round, sticky drupe, 1/4 inch across, in terminal clusters ripen in late summer to early fall.
Twig:Moderate, fuzzy gray to yellow brown, raised leaf scar; preformed catkins present in the winter; unpleasant odor when broken.
Bark:Gray-brown, smooth with a few shallow fissures and splits with age.
Form:Shrub ranging from 2 to 8 feet in height; it is more branched and short in the southwest part of its range; spread is often much greater than its height.