Rhus glabra
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Rhus glabra

smooth sumac

  family anacardiaceae 
  genus rhus 

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Genus  Rhus Species  glabra Variety  Cultivar  Common names  smooth sumac Family  ANACARDIACEAE Specimen number  S10454 Data source  ColorNat p24;DyePl p26;MedPl p260;Xeri p303;Xeri p300
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Deciduous Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  8' - 30' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 02a-10b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The berries of Rhus glabra as well as the leaves and the oil and the fruit have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. A range of possible colors can be produced by Smooth sumac including black, yellow, tan, green, tan, gray and brown. Fabrics dyed with these plant parts include wool and cotton. Common mordants used to fix the color to the fabric when dyeing with this plant include alum and ferrous sulfate. This plant can survive the coldest of winter climates with annual temperatures as low as -50� Fahrenheit. It usually does best in dry soils. This species can survive for a while without water.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  yes Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  astringent   antidiarrheal   diuretic   febrifuge Medicinal parts  Root bark   Berries Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Rhus glabra has herbal applications as an astringent, as an antidiarrheal, as a diuretic and as a febrifuge. See the medicinal properties section for even more traditional herbal uses. Other species with the same medicinal qualities include Rhus aromatica. The root bark and the berries are used in herbal preparations.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Berries   Leaves   Oil   Fruit Dye color  black,yellow,tan,green,tan,gray,brown
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Rhus glabra is thought to originate from North America.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Rhus glabra is a woody perennial. Smooth sumac is deciduous in nature.

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