Smooth Sumac

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Smooth Sumac tree is a bush that you can grow in your yard

 You can make the bark into a good tea for treating an upset stomach.

Smooth Sumac tree (Rhus glabra) emerges from the ground covered in thousands of small, white flowers in the spring. In the fall, it is covered in thousands of red berries. If you look closely, you will also see that it has smooth bark and compound leaves. The Tree of Smooth Sumac is a native species to North America and grows mainly in eastern Canada and the United States. It is also found in Central Canada, Alaska, and Mexico.

The Tree of Smooth Sumac is a deciduous tree that can grow anywhere from 3 to 18 meters tall, depending on where it is growing. It has rough-looking gray-brown bark with leftover scars from where branches have broken off over time. Its compound leaves are composed of 11 to 17 leaflets. Each leaflet is 1 to 4 centimeters long and 3 to 8 millimeters wide.

Trees are essential to the environment because they help control erosion, purify the air, and provide food and homes for many animals. Trees also produce oxygen. Smooth sumac trees grow well near streams and ponds. They are often planted to line driveways and walkways because they multiply and are very beautiful when in bloom. 

Smooth Sumac fruits are used to make dyes and other products. 

The smooth sumac tree blooms in June with yellow flowers that smell like honey. The fruit looks like red berries covered with white fuzz. You can eat these berries raw, or you can cook them into pies, jellies, jams, or fruit cakes. You can also use them as natural dyes for cloth or fur. Smooth sumac is a very hardy plant that can withstand high winds and temperatures and has medicinal qualities. The plant's fruit is sweet and sour and can be used in many different ways. The leaves have a sharp flavor, similar to lemon-lime taste with a tang. Leaves can flavor various fish, salads, or meat dishes. They are also mixed with sugar for use in making tea.

Height at maturity: 3-9 inches

Hardiness: zones 9 to 15

Sunlight: partial, full sun

Ship as: Bareroot

 Smooth Sumac bark is make into tea for treating upset stomach

The bark is dried and ground into powder as a sumac spice. You can add this spice to soups, rice and vegetables, and even meat dishes! It has a lemony flavor that gives any word an added zing. In addition, the seeds are dried and ground into a fine pepper-like powder called muhammara, which is used on pieces of bread and meats in place of pepper.

Many cultures have used this plant throughout history for medicinal purposes. Hippocrates used the leaves for healing wounds, while Native Americans used this plant to help fight intestinal parasites. 

The smooth sumac grows to a height of anywhere from ten to thirty feet. The leaves grow opposite on the stem, and they are smooth-edged with a serrated mid-rib on each leaf. The flowers are small and bright yellow or red depending on the variety of sumac observed. 

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