Skunkbush sumac, Fragrant sumac
Rhus aromatica Ait.
Anacardiaceae (Sumac family)
Skunkbush sumac is a perennial, warm-season native that has many branches. A low-growing shrub, it can reach 10 feet tall. Several subspecies of R. aromatica are recognized in Texas.
The scented leaves of this shrub are arranged in three leaflets. The flowers are yellow; the fruits are red.
Skunkbush sumac provides fair grazing for wildlife and livestock.
This shrub grows in a variety of habitats, ranging from woodlands, hills and sand dunes to rocky soils. It is generally confined to the eastern and west-central parts of Texas.
Flower Color: Yellow
Seed Type: Bean/Pod
Stem Texture: Hairless/Smooth
Growth Habit: Shrub (Woody)
Distribution : 01 - Pineywoods, 02 - Gulf Prairies and Marshes, 03 - Post Oak Savannah, 04 - Blackland Prairies, 05 - Cross Timbers and Prairies, 07 - Edwards Plateau, 08 - Rolling Plains, 09 - High Plains, 10 - Trans-Pecos
Distribution refers to the ecological region in Texas that a plant has been found. You can also view a clickable map.
Book: Brush and Weeds of Texas Rangelands (B-6208)
Collection: Brush and Weeds