Skunkbush (Rhus aromatica)

Skunkbush through the seasons: yellow flowers against a terracotta wall, red berries against green leaves, gold, orange, and red fall foliage.

NPS Photo/Hallie Larsen

Skunkbush (Rhus aromatica) is a good size shrub that can sprawl or be more upright. In the spring there are clusters of yellow flowers which become tart red berries, beloved by birds and traditionally used by people for centuries. The fall is most spectacular with the three lobed leaves turning gold, orange, red, and burgundy before falling.

Last updated: July 31, 2021

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