Skunk Bush Sumac, Indian Lemonade
A very popular, deciduous shrub to about 3.5 m (12 ft.) in height, widely distributed in the western half of North America, from the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada, down to the southern US and northern Mexico. It grows in scrublands and mountain forests, but also along rivers and canyons, at elevations between 1000 and 2700 m (3500 and 9000 ft.). Its small green leaves have a range of applications in traditional medicine but the plant is particularly popular for its small, bright red edible fruits, similar to a lemon in taste, which can be used in the preparation of jams and refreshing beverages. For good germination, scarification is necessary and some experts recommend cold stratification as well. A wonderful ornamental for a wide range of temperate climates.