- Height: 10-15 feet
- Light: sun or shade
- Soil: dry
- Bloom: yellowish-green May-July
- Fruit: Red, fall edible drupe
- Foliage: Deciduous, brilliant fall; purple stems
- Landscape: Specimen, hedge, garden, natural area, slope stabilization
- Resistance: Rabbits, drought, Black Walnut
- More information and native range here
Pollinator value: Very High
Monarchs, butterflies; Red-banded Hairstreak larval host; birds, mammals, native bees.
Fruits, on the female, can be squeezed to quench thirst or make a drink similar to lemonade.
Can be grown as a single-trunk tree or left to form thickets; great natural screen and for stabilizing streambanks. At home in hot, dry spots.
"Perhaps no native plant is as flamboyant as smooth sumac in autumn, when large colonies create blankes of fluorescent yellows and reds along the highways and byways of America." -- Michael Dirr