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Common Name: Oakbrush Sumac / Skunkbrush

Scientific Name: Rhus trilobata

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Disturbed land restoration
~Wildlife habitat improvement
~Native landscaping

Height: 3-8 feet

Colors: Green/Yellowish flowers

Flowering Season: April-July

Soil Types: Most Soil Textures

Elevation: 4,000 - 8,000

Sun or Shade: Full sun, partial shade

Minimum Precipitation: 10 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 30,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall

Planting Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inches

Stratification Required: Store in freezer and plant in fall to ensure natural stratification



Oakbrush Sumac, also known as Skunkbrush, is a deciduous shrub that is widely distributed throughout the western half of the United States, with an elevation range of 3,500 to 8,000 feet. This plant has a root-spreading growth habit and can adapt to most soil textures. It is typically found on dry, shallow soil on rocky foothills and valley bottoms, but it can also be found on more favorable sites. Oakbrush Sumac is intolerant to flooding and high-water tables, but it is a hardy plant that can thrive in many environments.

Oakbrush Sumac is generally a good source of forage for wildlife, it is not, however considered foragable for livestock. The shrub is an important source of food and cover for birds and small mammals, making it a valuable component of many ecosystems. Oakbrush Sumac is also commonly used for disturbed land restoration, wildlife habitat, windbreaks, and native landscaping. Its versatility and adaptability make it an excellent choice for these purposes, as well as for erosion control and water conservation efforts.

Additionally, Oakbrush Sumac is commonly used for disturbed land restoration, wildlife habitat, windbreaks, and native landscaping due to its adaptability and hardiness. Its ability to thrive in a variety of environments makes it an excellent choice for many conservation and land management efforts.



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Photo Credit: Andrey Zharkikh and Hallie Larsen

Oakbrush Sumac / Skunkbrush


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