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Anacardiaceae (Cashew Family)

Rhus copallina

Sumac, Winged (Dwarf Sumac, Shining Sumac)

The winged midrib of the compound leaf

Plant TypeTree
Life CyclePerennial
HabitatUpland fields. Sunny areas.
DescriptionA small tree, 4 to 10 feet tall with 6 to 14 inch pinnately compound leaves bearing anywhere from 11 to 23 leaflets. The midrib between the leaflets has distinctive wings (see photos).
EdibilityThe berry clusters can be bruised and steeped in water to make a citrus-like beverage.