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Rhus virens

Evergreen Sumac
Anacardiaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Decorative fruit or berries

RHUS

Of the ornamental sumacs, deciduous kinds are extremely hardy to cold; they are noted for brilliant fall leaf color and, on female plants, showy clusters of (usually) red fruits that attract birds. They tend to produce suckers, especially if their roots are disturbed by cultivation. Evergreen species are less hardy. All sumac species thrive in almost any soil, as long as drainage is good (soggy soils can kill them).

Poison oak and poison ivy were once members of the genus Rhus, but they have been reclassified as Toxicodendron.

Rhus virens

Evergreen shrub. Native to southeastern Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico. Grows to 12 ft. tall and wide, with dark green leaves divided featherwise into five to nine 1 1/2-in. leaflets. White spring and summer flowers (not showy) are followed by small, berrylike red fruit. Tolerates open shade, making it a good choice for an understory plant beneath tall trees.

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