Aromatic Sumac

Aromatic Sumac

Aromatic sumac – Rhus aromatica

This small shrub is also known as Three-leaf Sumac.  Some people may confuse it with Poison Ivy, which is in the same Family.  However, Aromatic sumac has leaves that are a bit different & it does not cause acute dermatitis like Poison Ivy does!  Aromatic sumac has nice fall color.  The fruit is bright red in the summer & is consumed by a variety of wildlife.  The leaves have a fragrant smell when crushed or bruised.