Etymology: Rhus: derived from rhous, an ancient Greek name for Sumac
Plants: perennial shrub usually with only a few branches; twigs smooth; forming large colonies
Leaves: alternate, pinnately-divided into 11-31, often toothed leaflets, very pale below, main axil not winged
Flowers: in terminal cluster to 8"
Fruits: bright red, flattish, very hairy berry
Habitat: uplands, roadsides, woods edges
Conservation Status: Native - potentially invasive