Nature Notes

December 24, 2009

Red Sumac, Rhus glabra

Filed under: Flowers — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am

Red Sumac, Rhus glabra

Red Sumac, Rhus glabra

Red Sumac, Rhus glabra, is a plant with both wonderful textures as well as color.  Sometimes said to be poison, the fruit is described by medicinal plant sources as being high in Vitamin C and providing a tart juice.

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  1. I love it: Beautiful color and texture! It makes me feel happy. In Germany where I grew up it’s called “Essigbaum” or vinegar tree. It was introduced to Europe in the 17th century as ornamental tree and apparently was used at some point in producing vinegar

    Comment by Hilke Breder — December 28, 2009 @ 5:35 am

  2. Thanks Hilke:

    I think it is introduced here although I read that the native people used it for various things. It is apparently used in place of lemons because the juice is so tart.

    Cheers, Harold

    Comment by Harold — December 28, 2009 @ 9:50 am

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