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Fall Color at Hawn State Park

Fall color at Hawn State Park
Photo of fall color at Hawn State Park. More

Fragrant Sumac

Photo of fragrant sumac plant with berries
Rhus aromatica
Fragrant sumac looks a lot like poison ivy! But this pleasant, nontoxic plant is easily told from its "evil cousin." Note the middle leaflet of its "leaves of three": On fragrant sumac, there is no (or at most a very short) leaf stalk on that middle leaflet. Also, fragrant sumac has hairy, reddish fruits (not waxy whitish ones). More

Nuisance Native Plants

Sometimes our native plants, such as poison ivy and sumac, can become nuisances. Learn to control them here. More

Plants and Animals

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A native shrub with tropical good looks, this species supports wildlife, stabilizes soil…and can flavor drinks. More

Smooth Sumac

photo of a Smooth Sumac seed head
Rhus glabra
This colony-forming shrub is most noticeable in early autumn, because it is one of the first plants to turn color—and boy, can it turn a brilliant red! If you're into wild edibles, you'll want to learn to identify smooth sumac, so you can make drinks and jellies from the clusters of fuzzy red berries. More

Smooth Sumac Control

photo of a Smooth Sumac seed head
Browse methods for controlling smooth sumac in Missouri. More

Smooth Sumac Seed Head

photo of a Smooth Sumac seed head
Photo of a Smooth Sumac seed head. More

Winged Sumac (Dwarf Sumac; Shining Sumac)

Rhus copallinum
This native sumac is most common south of the Missouri River. It colonizes old fields and abandoned rights-of-way and makes a desirable ornamental shrub. The "wings" in the name refer to the narrow, flattened structures running along the central stems of the compound leaves. More