Rhus aromatica (Skunkbush) - photos and description

Rhus aromatica
Skunkbush May 16th

Rhus aromatica
Skunkbush May 26th

Rhus aromatica
Skunkbush July 9th

Rhus aromatica

Rhus aromatica

Rhus aromatica

Rhus aromatica

Rhus aromatica

Rhus aromatica

Rhus aromatica

Rhus aromatica

General: A shrub with a decumbent growth habit, much branched.

Flowers: Flowers appear in spring (May) before leaves. Flowers are pale yellow, measured at 3 mm diameter. The flowers grow in globose clusters at stem tips, flower cluster measured at 15 mm diameter.

Fruit: Fruit is a red drupe measured at 5 mm diameter.

Leaves: Leaves are trifoliate, prominently veined above. Leaflet highlighted in photo above measured at 22 mm long and 15 mm wide.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 2 m, I measured plants to 145 cm tall.

Habitat: Prairie coulees and river valleys.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Above photos taken May 16th, May 26th, July 9th hillsides of the Qu'Appelle Valley about 40 km north of our home in Regina, SK.