Common Names: Smooth sumac
Smooth sumac is a spreading, open-growing shrub usually growing up to 3 meters tall, rarely to 5 meters. The leaves are alternate, 30 to 50 cm long, compound with 11 to 31 leaflets, each leaflet 5 to 11 cm long, with a serrated margin. The leaves turn scarlet in the fall. The flowers are tiny, green, produced in dense erect panicles 10 to 25 centimeters tall, in the spring, later followed by large panicles of edible crimson berries that remain throughout the winter. The buds are small, covered with brown hair and borne on fat, hairless twigs. The bark on older wood is smooth and grey to brown. The smooth stem differentiates it from Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac) which has a fuzzy stem.
Likely grows in similar habitats as staghorn sumac, which is dry and poor soil on which other plants cannot survive.