Part of sumac  genus Rhus in cashew/sumac  family Anacardiaceae.

Native to southern 🇨🇦 Canada, and the entire center and eastern 🇺🇸 USA.   ▭ 🌎︎ Map by county (🇺🇸 USA-48) ▭ 🌎︎ map (🇨🇦 Canada, 🇺🇸 USA) (colors).

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Rhus hosts caterpillars of 49 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

Often grows in clonal colonies [1] —look around for other stems!

Growing info.   Bloom dates (NE Illinois).  Adobe Acrobat Reader file  (🔒︎ Wild Ones members only)

Some landscapers like to plant variety fragrant sumac  Rhus aromatica 'Gro-Low' as groundcover on slopes:  little management, and stays relatively low.

Learn more about fragrant sumac Rhus aromatica

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