Rhus ovata, Sugar Bush Rhus ovata
Foliage pattern of Rhus ovata, along highway 96, Yavapai County. Habit and habitat of Rhus ovata, along highway 96, Yavapai County. Rhus ovata
Common Name Sugarbush, Sugar Sumac, Chaparral Sumac
Latin Name Rhus ovata
Family Anacardiaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 7-24 / 7b-10
Type / Form Shrub / Large
Native Habitat Below 4,000 feet feet in southern California and between 3,000 and 5,000 feet in Arizona
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Exposure Full sun
Water None to once per month
Height X Width 12 feet X 15 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Evergreen, dark and glossy foliage
Flowers Tight clusters of very small white to pink flowers with 5 petals, clusters occur at ends of twigs and are 2 to 3 inches long, appearing in spring.  Fruit elliptical, 1/8 inch across, fuzzy and red in clusters at the ends of the twigs, ripen in late summer and persist into winter.
Bark / Roots Smooth and grayish brown, later becoming scaly and rough. Twigs moderately stout, red and green (later turning gray), smooth with small hairy buds nearly hidden by petiole.
Maintenamce None
Propogation Seeds, heeled semihardwood cuttings in summer, root cuttings in December, suckers
Pests and diseases None
Landscape uses Erosion control, barrier, low maintenance, background
Garden Suitability Songbird, Thornless, Butterfly, Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value Cream flowers in spring, red fruits in early summer
Nature Value Bees and butterflies use flowers, birds eat fruits
Native American Uses Lemonade like drink made from berries, tea made from leaves, sap used as sugar, medicinal uses
Links  
    Data http://www.theodorepayne.org/gallery/pages/R/rhus_ovata.htm
    Data http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?315,320,322
    Data http://www.pfaf.org/database/plants.php?Rhus+ovata
    Data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=RHOV
    Images and data http://www.delange.org/SugarBush/SugarBush.htm
    Images and data http://www.nazflora.org/Rhus_ovata.htm
    Images and data http://www.theodorepayne.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Rhus_ovata
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=7091
    Images and data http://www.californiagardens.com/plant_pages/rhus_ovata.htm
    Images and data http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/syllabus2/factsheet.cfm?ID=563
    Images and data http://www.californiagardens.com/Plant_Pages/rhus_ovata.htm
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/63704/index.html
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Anacardiaceae/Rhus_ovata.html
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhus_ovata
    Nursery, images and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/572.htm
    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=RHOV
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