Rhus microphylla     
Littleleaf sumac   
Anacardiaceae Family     

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


Littleleaf sumac
Rhus microphylla
(vase-shaped shrub in center of frame)
Form: rounded dense shrub; sometimes trained as tree
Seasonality: deciduous
Size: to 8ft, spread 12-15ft; moderate growth (1.5ft per year)
Leaves: pinnately compound leaf of 5-9 lanceolate 1.2in long leaflets; bright green during first flush of growth, darker green later
Flowers: flowers before spring re-leaf; small, white, inconspicuous; on branch ends
Fruit: round pea-sized fruit; green ripening to orange-reddish by summer; persistent
Stems/Trunks: stems may have spines on tips
Range/Origin: Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, northern Mexico; elevations of 2000-5000ft
Hardiness: to 0°F


orange berries
fruit and leaf form of Rhus microphylla


leaves have typical sumac shape

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