Connecticut Plants
Winged Sumac (Shining Sumac)
Rhus copallinum L.
  • Family: cashew (Anacardiaceae)
  • Habitat: dry, sunny places
  • Height: up to 20 feet
  • Flower size: 1/8 inch wide
  • Flower color: yellow-green
  • Flowering time: June to August
  • Origin: native

Photographed in early August in Cumberland County, New Jersey.


Photographed in early August in Cumberland County, New Jersey.


Winged sumac leaves turn red in fall. Photographed in late October in New Haven County.


Fruits of winged sumac, photographed in mid-September in New London County.


A leaf of winged sumac. Note how the leaf blade "wings" the central axis (the rachis).


Underside of the tip of a winged sumac leaf. At right, you can see how the leaf blade "wings" the leaf's central axis (the rachis).