smooth sumac


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smooth sumac

smooth sumac

3-20 ft. Smooth branches and leaves. Red berries with short hairs. Whole plant useable. Young, peeled green shoots are good to eat. Peeled roots used raw. Fruit, bark, roots, stems, flowers and leaves astringent, used for asthma, diarrhea, mouth problems, dysentery, bloody diarrhea, tuberculosis, uterine prolapse, diabetes, colds. Very high levels of antibiotics to fight illness. Make sure the berries are RED, not white. The white variety is poisonous. Some sumacs might cause skin irritation. Fruit soaked in cold water for half hour makes delicious lemonade.
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A literature review of management practices for smooth sumac (Rhus glabra) , poison ivy (Rhus radicans), and other sumac species.
For example, smooth sumac (Rhus glabra), previously reported to be a major component in the diet of golden mice (Goodpaster and Hoffmeister, 1954; Linzey, 1968; Linzey and Packard, 1977), was of low food quality because of high levels of gallotannins when dietary experiments were conducted (Jewell et al., 1991).
You park beside a vast red-orange sweep of smooth sumacs, native to eastern Washington and Oregon.
But the most ignominious expulsion from the royal family was the case of two smooth sumacs from Walla Walla, Washington.