Rhus glabra

Smooth Sumac

Family: Anacardiaceae
Type: Shrubs
Location: Lower-Foothills, Upper-Foothills
Flower Color: Green, Inconspicuous
Fall Color: Red
Time of Interest: August, September, October, November

Smooth Sumac is easy to miss in the summer, as it is low growing and inconspicious. Individual specimens can get quite large in the lower/warmer areas to the west (Naturita) but in the Durango area it seldom is taller than 4 feet. It is very showy in the autumn with brilliant red fall color. The flower clusters are greenish, changing eventually to rusty red drupes and finally brown. 

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