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African Sumac, Karee
Scientific Name: Rhus lancea L.f.
Synonym:
Family: Anacardiaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 8,9,12-24
USDA: 8b-10

Heat Tolerance: Excellent, tolerates reflected heat

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Southern Africa

Growth Habits: Small to medium sized evergreen tree, up to 24 feet tall (7 m), 24 feet spread or more; dark gray or brown, coarse bark, showing orange underlayer; hairless compound leaves with three lance-shaped leaflets, 2 to 4 inches long (5-10 cm)

Watering Needs: Little to no water

Propagation: Self sows heavily, cuttings, layers


Sensitive to Texas root rot.

Blooming Habits:
Sweetly scented, inconspicuous greenish flowers in sprays.

Fruiting Habits:
The African sumac is dioecious, only the female trees carry the fruits. The fruits are covered with a thin glossy brownish layer when ripe. Inside is a black seed. The fruit is edible, and has been used to make a beer.


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