Its common name and scientific species-specific name both come from words meaning aromatic.

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) (color key).

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Rhus hosts caterpillars of 49 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.
  🐝︎ Pollinators such as solitary cavity-nesting bees often make nests in this plant's old ⊚ pithy stems.

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

Growing info.

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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