20 Smooth Sumac Seeds-1221

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**I LOVE plants that can be neglected and still thrive well!** ** 20 SMOOTH SUMAC TREE/BUSH SEEDS ** Rhus glabra L. Smooth sumac....( Perennial ) Propagation By... Seeds Anacardiaceae (Sumac Family) hardy to zone 2 The Tropical smooth sumac is a 7-10 ft. The pinnately compound leaves are alternate, with 13-30 sharp-toothed leaflets on each side of the midrib. Deciduous leaves become extremely colorful in early fall. Yellow-green flowers are followed by bright-red, berries in erect, pyramidal clusters which persist throughout winter. Use Ornamental: The seeds remain firmly attached for a long time without noticeable deterioration and are often used in large decorative arrangements. Use Wildlife: Consumed by birds of many kinds and small mammals, mainly in winter. Deer browse the twigs and fruit throughout the year. Use Food: Raw young sprouts were eaten by the Indians as salad. The sour fruit, mostly seed, can be chewed to quench thirst or prepared as a drink similar to lemonade. Use Medicinal: Boiled fruit as a remedy for pianful menstruation and blood diarrhea. Diuretic. Roots and berries steeped to make wash for sores. Internal as a tea and externally as a wash for female complaints. Use Other: Roots make yellow dye. Mixed with tobacco to smoke. Attracts: Birds , Butterflies. Fruit - raw or cooked...... An acid flavour, it has been used as a substitute for lemon juice. The fruit is rather small and with very little flesh, but it is produced on fairly large panicles and so is easily harvested. When soaked for 10 - 30 minutes in hot or cold water it makes a very refreshing lemonade-like drink.. Root - peeled and eaten raw..... Young shoots - peeled and eaten raw. Smooth sumach was employed medicinally by various native North American Indian tribes who used it to treat a variety of complaints,, A tea made from the bark or root bark is alterative, antiseptic, astringent.