Back to Anacardiaceae of Orange County, California Back to Eudicots of Orange County, California Back to Natural History of Orange County, California Leaves alternate, simple or compound, leaflet entire or serrate. long (7 cm), slightly folded at the midrib. The name Rhus is derived from 'rhous', an ancient Greek name for Sumac and the specific epithet integrifolia indicates that the leaf margins are entire, not divided, as are many Rhus species. Sugar Bush is a long-lived evergreen shrub native to dry slopes, canyons, and foothills in southern California. Lemonade berry. Rhus integrifolia. Leaves are variable in shade, dark green and leathery to 3” long, sometimes with shallowly toothed edges. The fruit is a reddish, sticky drupe, and is small, about 6 – 8 mm in diameter. Broadleaf evergreen shrub, usually 4-10 ft (1.2-3 m) tall, may have a similar width, upright or spreading habit. rhusintegrifolia.jpg. The name Rhus is derived from 'rhous' an ancient Greek name for Sumac and the specific epithet is from the Latin word meaning "egg shaped" in reference to this species leaves oval leaves. Sugar Bush - Rhus ovata, is an evergreen plant that grows as a shrub or small tree and thrives on south facing slopes below 1300 meters.It is native to Southern California, Arizona, and Baja California. 2004 Molec Phylogen Evol 33:861--879 Index of California Plant Names (ICPN; linked via the Jepson Online Interchange) Native to Southern California, Arizona and Baja California. Sugar bush is a large evergreen shrub with a dense foliage habit that commonly grows 10-15 ft. high and as wide. Rhus ovata looks similar to Rhus integrifolia, but Rhus ovata can be distinguished by its leaves generally being folded rather than flat and more pointed than blunt as compared with the leaves of Rhus integrifolia. There was a total of 111 segregating sites (excluding sites with gaps), and an average pairwise nucleotide diversity (π) of 0.00055 ± 0.00016. If this plant becomes too big or too lanky, give it a hard pruning, even to the ground in late winter, and this plant will resprout new shoots rapidly. Use care when pruning as this sumac relative has sap that can cause a rash. The foliage alone makes it worth planting. Rhus ovata often hybridizes with Rhus integrifolia.[2]. It is drought tolerant once established and cold hardy to 10°F. Their flowers are quite similar in appearance but the leaves of the sugar bush (potentially a much larger plant) are normally folded along the midrib and oriented facing up. Flowers in spring and produces edible berries. (B) Rhus ovata (Gila County, Arizona, USA). Its size ranges from 2 - 10 meter tall and … Plant in full sun to light, or even dense shade. They tend to grow upright (10- 30 feet tall) when somewhat inland, and low and sprawling (3-6 feet tall by up to 30 feet wide) when close to the ocean. Leaves alternate, simple, about 3-8 cm long, similar width, ovate, often folded along the midrib, tip acute, margin usually entire, leathery, both surfaces are smooth and glossy. Often hybridizes with Rhus ovata. Rhus ovata, also known as sugar sumac[1] or sugar bush, is an evergreen shrub to small tree that grows in chaparral in dry canyons and south-facing slopes below 1300 m in Southern California, Arizona and Baja California. The twigs are thick and reddish in color. Versatile, aromatic shrub generally 3-10’ high and as wide. Rhus integrifolia N of Santo Tomas, BCN, Spjut & Marin 11921, May 1990 : Rhus lentii Vizcaíno Peninsula, BCS Spjut, McCloud & Marin 9611, May 1986 : Rhus natalensis, Mt Londiani, Kenya, Spjut & Ensor 3190 : Rhus microphylla Black Gap Wildlife Refuge, TX Spjut & Marin14448, Sep 2001 : Rhus ovata San Diego Co., Valley Center, CA