Shrub Species of the World's Boreal Forests

World Boreal Trees

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Rhus aromatica
Anacardiaceae (Cashew Family)

Skunkbush Description

Distinguishing Features - Leaves: alternate; pinnately compound, with three leaflets, without stipules. Flowers: white, small, in large branched clusters; bisexual or male and female; with 3 to 5 sepals united at base and 3 to 5 petals; usually ten stamens around a disk, and a single pistil, single style and three stigmas. Fruit: single-seeded resinous drupe.


The Skunkbush is a member of the family Anacardiaceae which includes trees, shrubs, and some woody vines. About 600 species occur in tropical and north temperate regions; 15 native and 3 naturalized tree, 6 native shrub, and 1 woody vine species are found in North America.

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