(Rhus copallinum)
The Sumac Family (Anacardiaceae)

Large, deciduous shrub or small tree, with short, crooked trunk and open branching canopy. Bark smooth and papery, gray with gashes exposing a reddish color beneath. Glossy, dark-green, alternately arranged leaves with 7-17 leaflets turning reddish-purple in the fall.


Well drained bottomland areas.

Interesting Facts: 

Sour fruit can be nibbled or made into a lemonade-like drink. Bark and leaves rich in tannins used to tan leather and make dyes.

Bright red drupes (fruit) covered with sticky hairs develop on the panicle in fall and turn black in winter.
Many small greenish-yellow male and female flowers appear on the same plant in a tight cluster (a panicle) about 5-7” long in late summer.
Wildlife value: 
Attracts many native bees, honey bees and predatory insects. Winter food for many upland game birds such as wild turkey and songbirds; as well as for mammals like deer and rabbits.
Leaf type: 
Wildlife value: 
Tree dimensions: 

Leaf length: 5.00-12.00 inches
Tree height: 20.00-35.00 feet

Where to find Winged Sumac on the Louisiana State Arboretum Trails:

WET - Wetland Trail 16.0

BBR - Backbone Ridge Trail 9.0

Refer to our Live Map to locate this species and its interpretative signage on the trail system.