This plant is featured as location #2 in our Headquarters Self Guided Tour. Be sure to report your observations of this plant on the guide form so we can gather data on this native species!
Native sumacs make attractive specimen, hedge or background plants and are important wildlife plants. They are fast growing, generally pest and disease-free, and drought-tolerant. Colonies are often single-sexed, formed from a single, suckering parent. Only female plants produce flowers and berries. Winter food for many upland gamebirds, songbirds, and large and small mammals. They are of special use to native bees providing materials and structure.
Leaf: Dull green above, pale below.
Flower: Flowers in 4 inch clusters white and green in color blooming March - May.
- First bloom 2013 - April 23
Fruit: Orange-red. 1/4 inch.
Dry, scrubby uplands; open, alkali flats; thickets; desert plains & mesas,
Scarified and stratified seed planted 1/3-3/4 in. deep and rooted semi-hardwood cuttings are used for increase. Plants are commercially available.
Provides good cover and food for wildlife. The leaves are browsed by deer and small mammals. The fruit is consumed by quail, turkey and other birds and mammals.
USA: AZ , NM , OK , TX
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