littleleaf sumac

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desert sumac

desert sumac

A shrubby desert bush with wild branches, small shiny leathery leaves, clusters of white flowers which become orange-red fuzzy berries, which are sour, edible raw or cooked. Berries can be mushed with water to make jam. Berries can also be soaked in water to make lemonade. Medicinal properties possibly similar to other sumacs.
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The littleleaf sumac grows on dry slopes and plains from southeastern Arizona to central Texas.