|The Sugar Sumac is a member of
the cashew or
sumac family. The plant appears as a shrub
or small green tree that may rise to 15 feet in height and has thick,
rubbery, light green leaves which grow to 3 inches in length and are
curved upwards along the center vein. The plant grows along mountain
slopes in chaparral and in desert canyons at elevations between 3000 -
The fruit of the Sugar Sumac was
used by Native Americans as a sweetener.
The Sugar Sumac blooms between February and March
producing clusters of pinkish buds, followed by reddish, hairy fruits to
1/8 inch in diameter.