Rhus copallinum from Susanne, South Carolina

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Plant grew between two stumps, a pine and oak. We did not plant anything in the ground. We did not prune but the leaves fell off. Tops are little balls that open. No flowers. My plant identification app doesn’t recognize it. Soil in central SC is sandy. Thank you for any assistance.

Hi Susanne,

this shrub is called Winged Sumac, Rhus copallinum. It is a fairly common native shrub in our area.  The seeds are eaten and distributed by birds and it likes somewhat disturbed soils. I want to stress that this is NOT poisonous, it is not poison sumac.


Dr. Steven Hill, Botanist, SCNPS

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