Yellow Wildflower Guide

Close-up of yellow flower clusters on Skunkbush (Rhus aromatica), a shrub.


Skunkbush (Rhus aromatica)

Skunkbush (Rhus aromatica syn. Rhus trilobata) is another early bloomer. This upright to sprawling shrub is attractive most of the year from the yellow clusters of tiny flowers to the fuzzy, red, sticky berries against the lobed leaves, and on to the amber, orange, red, and burgundy foliage in the fall. Animals eat the berries, nectar, bark, and leaves. The long, straight branches are a traditional basketry material. The berries are made into a tart, refreshing drink. It is a member of the Anacardiaceae (Sumac Family).
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Last updated: April 5, 2018

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