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Fall color at Hawn State Park

Fall Color at Hawn State Park

Photo of fall color at Hawn State Park.

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Photo of fragrant sumac plant with berries

Fragrant Sumac

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).

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Nuisance Native Plants

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

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

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photo of a Smooth Sumac seed head

Smooth Sumac

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.

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photo of a Smooth Sumac seed head

Smooth Sumac Control

Browse methods for controlling smooth sumac in Missouri.

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photo of a Smooth Sumac seed head

Smooth Sumac Seed Head

Photo of a Smooth Sumac seed head.

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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.

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