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Lemonade Sumac
Scientific Name: Rhus integrifolia (Nutt.) Benth. & Hook. f. ex Brewer & S. Wats.
Synonym:
Family: Anacardiaceae
Lemonade Sumac (Rhus  integrifolia)
Picture U.S.D.A Forest Service, Courtesy of the Hunt Institute
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 15-17,20-24
USDA: 9-10

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: California, Baja California

Growth Habits: Evergreen shrub or small tree, up to 10 feet tall and wide (3 m); fragrant elliptical simple leathery shiny green leaves, 2 to 2.4 inches long (5-6 cm), with lighter underside

Watering Needs: Little to no water when established, good drainage

Propagation: Seeds need to be scarified, root cuttings, suckers


Blooming Habits:
Dioecious, flowering in late winter to early spring, attractive white to pinkish-white flowers, 0.25 inch in diameter (6 mm), in 2 to 3 inches clusters (5-7.5 cm)

Fruiting Habits:
The fruits come on female plants, they are reddish brown, round and hairy, 0.5 inch long (12 mm). They ripen in the fall but persist through the winter. They are used to make a lemonade flavored drink.


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