Rhus aromatica fragrant sumac Anacardiaceae RHAR; Bx, br (planted), pb; NY, ct (planted); Q, a (possibly planted); K, fl (possibly planted); R, h (planted).

Rhus aromatica.commons.wikipedia.org (Accessed 5/2014).

Rhus aromatica.commons.wikipedia.org (Accessed 5/2014).

Rhus aromatica is a shrub to 2 m, often dioecious, densely colonial from root sprouts, twigs hairy when young, fragrant when bruised. 

Leaves alternate, 3-parted, leaflets, toothed, young leaves softly hairy. Autumn color red to orange. 

Flowers pale yellow petals 5, about 0.3 cm long in erect clusters of catkins about 2 cm long, blooms March-April, flower buds form in late summer, pale greenish, to about 0.5 cm long, elliptic, covered by tightly appressed scales (Yatskievych 2006). 

Fruit red, fleshy, hairy, 0.5-0.7 cm wide, ripening Aug., persistent into winter, fruit eaten by numerous birds. 

Wetland status: NL. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. 

Origin: Native, but not seen except in plantings in NYC. 

Habitat: Wooded edges in dry, acid soil (Greller et al. 1991), sometimes planted in restorations. Appears somewhat shade tolerant. 

Notes: twigs eaten by rabbits (Martin et al. 1951).