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Indigenous Plants & Native Uses in the Northeast

(Rhus species)


Food: Cone shaped clusters of red berries of Staghorn (R. typhina) and Smooth (R. glabra) sumac may be licked like a lollipop for lemony thirst quencher. Smooth sumac is also referred to as Indian Lemonade for a beverage made from the red berries.

Medicine: Chippewa used sumac (R. hirta) in a medicine for stomach pain.

Technology: The pulp of the stalk and the inner bark of the smooth sumac is used in dye

Note: A relative of Poison Ivy (R. radicans), beware of poison sumac (R. venehata) with white fruit.

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