Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1237

Shrub; Tree
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Coastal Plain)

Look for it in disturbed areas, clearings, roadsides, woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Pinnately compound: 15-19 leaflets
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Greenish-yellow/White
Usually bisexual
4-5 sepals
4-5 petals
4-5 stamens

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Red
Drupe

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Sapindales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Rhus glabra   FAMILY Anacardiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rhus glabra   FAMILY Anacardiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 110-01-008:
Rhus glabra   FAMILY Anacardiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Smooth Sumac, Common Sumac


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_rhgl_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm0304w_25

April    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm110402_256

April    Haywood County    NC

Twigs are more than 1cm thick and glabrous, per Woody Plants of Kentucky and Tennessee.

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JK Marlow    jkm110402_257

April    Haywood County    NC

Leaf scars nearly encircle the buds, per Woody Plants of Kentucky and Tennessee.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaf scars of Sumac and Tree-of-heaven

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JK Marlow    jkm0305za_19

May    Buncombe County    NC

Botanical Gardens at Asheville

In southern Appalachians, leaves sometimes rolled and smoked to treat asthma, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

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JK Marlow    jkm0405x_33

May    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Leaflets glaucous beneath, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

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JK Marlow    jkm060528_069

May    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    s040529_d

May    Pickens County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0306e_23

June    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0306h_17

June    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0306h_20

June    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0506f_29

June    Pickens County    SC

Roadside

Flowers similar to Winged Sumac except the panicles are usually larger, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm0506g_05

June    Pickens County    SC

Roadside

Stem glabrous, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE stems of Sumac species

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JK Marlow    jkm0107d_07a

July    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm160717_352

July    Greenville County    SC

Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_rhus_glabra

August        

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JK Marlow    jkm0210m_22

October    Henderson County    NC

Roadside

Terminal clusters of yellowish flowers form dense clumps of dark red fruit, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

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JK Marlow    jkm0310f_18

October    Henderson County    NC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0510e_01

October    Greenville County    SC

Leaves with 15-19 sessile, serrate leaflets. Rachis not winged, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Sumac and Tree-of-heaven

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JK Marlow    jkm0311c_22

November    Jackson County    NC

Roadside

Almost looks like a peppermint stick...

image of Rhus glabra

JK Marlow    jkm0411h_21

November    Pickens County    SC

Roadside