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Photo courtesy of W.L. Wagner, USDA PLANTS Database, Smithsonian Institution.

Three-leaf sumac

Scientific name
Rhus trilobata
Plant Family
This sumac, also called skunkbrush because of the odor of the leaves when they are crushed, has shiny green leaves, yellowish flowers and red fruits.
Identification Hints

This sumac, also called skunkbrush because of the odor of the leaves when they are crushed, has shiny green leaves, yellowish flowers and red fruits.

Did You Know?

The berries of Three-leaf sumac are edible and have been used in teas and baked into breads. The berries are slightly sticky and have been said to have the faint scent of lime. Animals and insects pollinate this shrub and later help spread the seeds when they eat them. This shrub can also resprout from roots.

States
AR, AZ, CA, CO, IA, ID, KS, MD, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, WY