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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
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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