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Sugar Berry

Rhus ovata

Photo © by Michael Plagens

A number of stately Sugar Berry occur in Peralta Canyon, Superstition Mountains, Arizona where this photograph was taken Oct. 20, 2005. This image is hosted at Wikipedia

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TREE: A medium sized tree with sometimes multiple stems from the root crown. Branches are often twisted and have colorful, scaly bark.

LEAVES: Dark green, shiny leaves are large by desert tree standards. Twigs and leaves are strongly aromatic when crushed. During rapid growth periods the terpene aroma may be detected some meters away from the plant.

RANGE: Upper Sonoran Desert particularly where it merges into Interior Chaparral vegetation type. Fairly common in central Arizona. With a bit of irrigation this beautiful tree makes a wonderful addition to a xeriscape and does well in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona.

FLOWERS/FRUIT: Flower buds and young sprigs of berries are sumac red and are borne in abbreviated panicles.

Anacardiaceae -- Sumac Family

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