Skunkbush is a member of the Cashew or
is a shrub that
grow to 10 feet
height. Leaves are dark green and composed of 3 lobed leaflets which grows to
1.25 inches in length. The
plant grows in canyons, ravines and disturbed areas at elevations between
Skunkbush gets its name from the
fact that the leaves emit a strong odor when crushed.
Skunkbush blooms between March and June and produces
yellow flowers to 0.75 inches in width that grow in dense clusters on
a spike. Flowers are followed by a cluster of sticky, bright
In the fall, the abundant red berries of the Skunkbush
were gathered by Indians, dried, ground and mixed with water and sugar
to make jam.