Rhus ovata Anacardiaceae
Sugar Bush, Sugar Sumac roos o-VA-ta
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, usually 4-10 ft (1.2-3 m) tall, may have a similar width, upright or speading habit. Leaves alternate, simple, about 3-8 cm long, similar width, ovate, often folded along the midrib, tip acute, margin usually entire, leathery, both surfaces are smooth and glossy. Flowers small, white or pinkish, in short, dense terminal clusters. Fruit 6–8 mm diam, glandular-hairy, reddish, sticky, coated with a sugary secretion.
- Sun to light shade.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 9 Native to California, from the chaparrels of Santa Barbara County into Mexico (Baja California) and into central Arizona.
- ovata: ovate, egg-shaped with the broad end at the base.