AgrilloSkunk-bush Sumac

Ill-scented Sumac, Three-leaf Sumac, Lemonade Sumac, Squaw-bush, Quail-bush, Agrillo, Lemita

Rhus aromatica Ait. var. flabelliformis Shinners

Whole plant

Family : Anacardiaceae

Longevity : Perennial

Origin : Native

Season : Cool

Skunk-bush Sumac can be found growing in limestone outcrops of the Edwards Plateau. It is a ill-scented shrub attaining a height of 12 feet. The leaves are 3/4 to 2 inches long and smell badly when crushed. The small, greenish to white flowers bloom from March to April. The red fruits are eaten by at least 25 species of birds including quail, prairie chicken, sage-hen and pheasants. It is rarely browsed by white-tailed deer and livestock.

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