Rhus lancea     
African sumac   
Anacardiaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: round, single or multistemmed tree; dense canopy when young
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: 15-30ft with equal spread
Leaves: palmately compound in groups of 3, leaflets 2-3in long; shiny, dark green
Flowers: dioecious; whitish-green flowers on female plants, not ornamental
Fruit: small black seed with papery coat
leaf close-up
easily identifiable 3-leaflet
compound form of Rhus lancea leaf
Stems/Trunks: attractive, fissures in dark gray trunk reveal orange color beneath
Range/Origin: South Africa
Hardiness: damaged at 15 to 20°F




first introduced to landscape industry here in Tucson
susceptible to Texas root rot
pollen is allergenic

Naturalizes easily, grows as a weed throughout this region

close-up of trunk   African sumac
trunk showing orange
bark coloration
  mature specimen of Rhus lancea

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