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Common Name: Fragrant Sumac

Other Names: Lemon Sumac, Skunkbush, Stinkbush, Polecat Bush

Species Name: Rhus aromatica

Plant Type: Woody

Family Name: Anacardiaceae, Cashew Family





Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Perennial
Distribution in the U.S. Throughout the country with the exception of California, the northwest and northeast corners and areas along the Gulf of Mexico
Distribution in Oklahoma Throughout the state



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Thicket-forming habit
    • Reddish-brown bark
    • Leaves of three; lobed edges
    • Has strong odor when leaves are crushed


    • Fruits red, fuzzy and in a cluster
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Growth Form: Shrub
    • Leaf Type: Compound trifoliate
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate 
    • Leaf Blade Edge: Leaflets dentate
    • Leaf Blade Length: 2-8 centimeters
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petal Number: 5
    • Flower Color: Pale yellow
    • Flower Timing: April-June
    • Fruit Type: Drupes



Soil Type Sandy soils
Habitat Open forests and roadsides
Successional Stage Mid to late


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