|Smooth Sumac is a member of the Cashew or
plant appears as a shrub or small tree and grows to 20 feet in height and has shiny, green,
leaves with toothed edges that grow in pairs on either side of the
4 inches in length each. The plant typically
grows along roads and in pine forests at elevations between
5000 - 7000 feet.
Birds and other wildlife feed on
the fruit of the Smooth Sumac (seen at right).
Smooth Sumac blooms between June - August and
produces a cluster of white flowers with 5 petals that grow in an 8
inch long spike-like cluster. The flowers are followed by dark red,
round fruit that are covered with short, sticky red hairs.