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Smooth Sumac in summer Smooth Sumac in autumn

Smooth Sumac

Habitat: Dry slopes and draws in eastern Washington’s shrub-steppe; can be found along forest edges, grasslands, and roadsides
Bloom time: April through July, but especially noted for its reddish-brown fruits in late summer and fall
Range: Native throughout North America
Notes: Smooth sumac is a favorite in gardens because of its interesting architectural structure, beautiful fall color and striking rusty red fruit clusters. Sumac spreads readily by shallow roots and will form a colony over time. For more native plant suggestions for your garden check out Native Plants for Western Washington Gardens and Restoration Projects.

Smooth Sumac in summer photographed by Catherine Hovaric. Copyright 2011. All rights reserved.
Smooth Sumac in fall photographed by David Hagen. Copyright 2011. All rights reserved.