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Skunk Bush

Skunk Bush

Skunk Bush, Rhus trilobata, has many common names, Skunkbrush, Stinking Sumac, Polecat Bush, Quailbush, Squawbush, Three-leaved Sumac and a few others.

Skunk Bush grows wild in the desert Southwest arroyos, a very heat and drought tolerant plant.

Recommended for the desert Southwest garden, deciduous, moderate grower, six to eight feet in height.

Yellowish to whitish flowers are borne in early summer, followed by masses of red berries, birds really love them.

Native Americans used the fruit in foods, beverages and medicines.
The plant requires full sun and low watering, once established.

Great shrub for the Southwest desert Bird Garden. Great fall foliage color.

We had never seen a Skunk Bush shaped so nicely as the one in the lower photo!

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