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Rhus ovata, Sugar Bush, Chaparral Sumac

Rhus ovata

Sugar Bush, Chaparral Sumac
Family: Anacardiaceae
Origin: California and Arizona
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsWhite/off-white flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEdible

This native of Southern California and Arizona has large white flower clusters in March-May, large leathery leaves and reddish berries used to make lemonade-like drink. Sugar bush likes sun and little or no water after established.

Propagation: Seeds, heeled semihardwood cuttings in summer, root cuttings in December, suckers.

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