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Littleleaf Sumac

Rhus microphylla

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Shrub
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees, butterflies, attracts birds to the fruit
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
5-12 × 5-8
Flowering Season March-May
Flower Color White/pink
Minimum Temperature Range -20 °F
Leaf Description Compound with 5-9 small leaflets
Fruit Tart, red, berry
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Elevation Range 3500-6500 ft.
Description A chihuahuan desert shrub, littleleaf sumac can be found in southeastern Arizona in grasslands, oak woodlands, and canyons. Particularly where limestone is present, though they may be found on other soils. This species tends to be fairly shrubby and decidous in habitat but can reach a stately 12'+ and function as a semi evergreen in cultivation. The white and pink flower spikes give way to the lemonhead like berries. Mix with other bird attractors like wolfberry (Lycium spp.), hackberry (Celtis spp.), fragrant bee bush (Aloysia gratissima), and bamboo muhly (Muhlenbergia dumosa) for maximum wildlife value.