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Skunk Brush



Synonym: Three-Leaf Sumac A long-lived, deciduous shrub growing on average 3 to 4 feet. Leaves are di- vided into 3 leaflets that turn rich red- orange in the fall and give off the odor of a skunk, thus the name. Tiny yellow flowers form a dense cluster in the spring. The tart red berries attract birds and tasted like tart lemons. Prefers full sun to partial sun locations with well drained soils. It is drought and winter tolerant. Great for landscaping as a background hedge or screen, and for erosion control. Range extends across the western U.S., and Canada, and south to Mexico. Occurring at elevations from 3,000 to 10,000 feet.