Rhus copallina (shining or winged sumac)

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Key Characteristics

  • Clonal shrub or small tree up to 10 meters high
  • Bark thin, smooth, greenish brown
  • Leaves alternate, pinnately compound; rachis winged between leaflets, pubescent, very lustrous
  • Twigs stout, reddish-pubescent, leaf scars horseshoe-shaped below the bud (not covering), not as stout as other sumacs
  • Winter buds pubescent, reddish brown
  • Fruit an edible but sour drupe

Sourced from "Michigan Shrubs"


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