Red Rhus

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Shining sumac (Rhus copallinum) at the south Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area is flourishing after last winter’s roller-chopping. Above, it is pictured in the firebreak that runs along the north side of the DOT ditch that bisects the property.

This non-poinsonous member of the Anacaridaceae (cashew) family that includes poison ivy (Toxicodendron radcians) also is known as winged sumac for the winged rachis (central stem) of its odd-pinnate compound leaves …
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Its copious fall fruits are consumed by birds and other wildlife, and its fall-winter color is quite dramatic. This plant does sucker, as seen here last week in the gardens at Bok Tower growing along with beautyberry (Callicarpa americana).
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For sunny and dry locations, this small deciduous tree can be an excellent addition to attract wildlife to your landscape.

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