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Rhus Integrifolia belongs to the family Anacardiaceae




Images of Rhus Integrifolia at google.com

Rhus Integrifolia which is also known as Smooth Sumac belongs to the family Anacardiaceae.

Overview of Rhus Integrifolia

• Rhus integrifolia is a small tree or shrub.
• It is an evergreen shrub.
• Rhus integrifolia is also known as Lemonade Berry, Lemonadeberry, or Lemonade Sumac.
• It is native to the Transverse and Peninsular Ranges and the South Coast regions of Southern California. This extends from:
– Santa Barbara County
– The Channel Islands to San Diego County
– Extending into north-central Pacific coastal Baja California
– Its offshore islands such as Cedros Island
• It can grow up to a height of 1–8 meters (3.3–26 ft) in height.
• Rhus integrifolia leaves are simple, alternating and evergreen.
• They are leathery.
• They range from two to four centimeters wide on reddish twigs.
• Length of leaves is five to seven centimeters.
• Leaves are toothed with a waxy appearance.
• The flowers appear from February to May.
• These fragrant flowers exhibit radial symmetry.
• Many plants within this genus are considered toxic.
• These species can be used to make lemonade flavored drinks.
• Lemonade Berry leaves are rich in tannins.
• An oil can be extracted from Lemonade Berry seeds.
• The oil can be employed to manufacture candles.

Scientific classification of Rhus Integrifolia

• Kingdom: Plantae
• (unranked): Angiosperms
• (unranked): Eudicots
• (unranked): Rosids
• Order: Sapindales
• Family: Anacardiaceae
• Genus: Rhus
• Species: R. integrifolia

Growing and Caring conditions

• Look for plants at nurseries.
• Get them in spring and summer.
• They can be brought all year-round in warmer climates.
• Choose healthy-looking plants.
• A healthy plant has signs of new leaves and flower buds.
• Buy Rhus plant in 1-gallon containers.
• Choose a site.
• The site should receive full sun.
• The site should have a well-drained soil.
• The plant can tolerate partial shade.
• Dig a hole for each plant.
• This hole should be no deeper than the soil in which the plant was growing.
• Dig planting holes.
• These holes should be spaced three feet apart.
• Add a light application of organic fertilizer.
• Apply it to each planting hole.
• This should be done before setting the plants in.
• Mulch around the plant and not on top of the plants.
• Mulch it with 3 inches of organic compost.
• Water until the soil is completely moist.
• Water weekly the first summer only.
• Rhus plant does not need extra water once it is established.
• Prune out selected stems.
• Do so for the size.
• Prune if they are damaged.
• Prune it using by-pass pruners or a pruning saw.
• Do cut the stem off all the way back to the joint of the stem or where it joins another stem.
• Rhus plants make a good high ground cover for slopes.
• They look well along the top or bottom of a wall.
• They go well in a hot, sunny location.
• Rhus plants usually spread 6 to 8 feet all around.





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