Smooth sumac, a native of Eastern North America from Quebec to Georgia, has been in cultivation since the early 17th century. It arrived in Britain around 1726.2
Smooth sumac is a deciduous, North American shrub that forms brilliant scarlet, plume-like fruit clusters on the female plants. The glabrous leaves turn an intense red or orange-red in autumn.
- Peggy Cornett, CHP Information Sheet
Primary Source References
1786 January 27. (Jefferson to John Bartram, Jr.). "Inclosed is a list of plants and seeds which I should be very glad to obtain from America for a friend here whom I wish much to oblige ... Rhus glabrum ...."3