Squaw Bush Sumac and Skunk Bush Sumac.
Rhus trilobata, Squaw Bush Sumac is a very tidy looking deciduous shrub. It has a very attractive arching habit and some of the most beautiful fall color in warmer drier climates. Rhus trilobata is native from Oregon, down through California and Baja, across to the Rocky Mountains and down to Texas. It likes sun to part shade. It looks tidier in more sun. It is very drought tolerant. It looks very similar to poison oak but without the irritating qualities of it. Indians used the berries as a mordant in dyes. Kearney and Peebles also say the Indians eat the berries. McMinn says that they made a tea like pink lemonade out of them. Syn. Rhus aromatica. (Have some Skunk Bush tea...) IF YOU ARE SENSITIVE TO POISON OAK THIS PLANT CAN CAUSE SOME PROBLEMS IF YOU DRINK THE TEA!
Rhus trilobata tolerates sand.
Rhus trilobata is great for a bird garden.
Rhus trilobata's foliage turns a different color in the fall and type is deciduous.
Rhus trilobata's flower color is yellow.
Rhus trilobata's fruit is edible.
Communities for Rhus trilobata:Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub and Central Oak Woodland.
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