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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.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz