Fragrant Sumac or Skunkbush Sumac:  Anacardiaceae (Sumac Family)  Rhus  trilobata syn. Rhus aromatica
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Flowers bloom early in the spring before the leaves develop - 28 April 2012

Fragrant Sumac Bush with flowers but no leaves April 28, 2012
The bush had several Great Blue Hairstreak butterflies using it as a nectar source
Fragrant Sumac bush

May 17, 2005 - trail to Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Grand County, Utah

Wasatch Blvd-trailhead

Photo Details - ©Nicky Davis
  First two photos taken near Rodeo Grounds west of Cedar Fort, Utah County, Utah
N., W
ELEVATION: 5261 feet

Last photo taken at trailhead on Wasatch blvd., Salt Lake County, Utah

ize: 2-8  feet tall, Flowers: Yellow, small, Leaves:  aromatic, oak-leaf shaped, Bloom Time: They bloom in March or April before the leaves appear

syn. Squawbush, Lemonade Sumac, Oak-leaf Sumac

A favorite shrub of Native Americans who reportedly used juice from crushed berries as an astringent on smallpox sores or as a body deodorant or mouthwash.  Also crushed berries and made into a "lemonade' drink or used berries as an appetizer. The flexible straight  branches were used for basket making.

The Great Blue Hairstreak - Atlides halesus has been seen using the flowers as a
nectar source.

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