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Fragrant Sumac

Rhus aromatica


Fragrant Sumac is a slow growing shrub that typically grows 2-4 meters tall. It is native to North America and can be found in Southern Ontario. Fragrant sumac prefers upland open woods, fields and rocky cliffs. It is used as a ground cover, and an excellent shrub for stabilizing banks and slopes. The leaves and stems have a citrus fragrance when crushed. It is often confused with poison ivy, but poison ivy is not fragrant and inhabits more diverse habitats.


Compound-trifoliate, with middle leaflet being the largest of the three. Bright yellow to red-purple in the fall.


Female trees have small, round, red, hairy fruits. Fruits appear in July or August.


Yellow flower clusters. Flowers in March or April.

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