|Smooth Sumac - Rhus glabra|
Family: Anacardiaceae (Cashew Family)
Also commonly called scarlet or common sumac. Most common sumac; a large shrub or small tree.
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One of the easiest shrubs to identify throughout the year, smooth sumac has a spreading, open form growing up to 15 feet tall. Tiny green flowers in the spring are insignificant, but are later replaced by large cones of crimson berries that remain throughout the winter. Leaves are alternate, compound and turn a beautiful scarlet in the fall. Buds are small, covered with brown hair and borne on fat, hairless twigs. Bark on older wood is smooth and grey to brown. This is the only shrub native to all 48 contiguous United States.
Smooth Sumac fruit crowd in upright clusters; they are covered with short, sticky red hairs. Mature in late summer, persist all winter.
Common North American Flowers
A flower is the reproductive structure found in flowering plants (plants of the division Magnoliophyta, also called angiosperms). The flower contains the plant's reproductive organs, and its function is to produce seeds. After fertilization, portions of the flower develop into a fruit containing the seeds.
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