Rhus microphylla, or Little Leaf Sumac, is a densely branched, deciduous shrub that reaches 6-12 ft tall. The female plants have dense spikes of small, cream-colored flowers that bloom March-May and are followed by clusters of small, orange-red fruits. It is pollinated by native bees and is a host-plant to birds and other wildlife to which its fruits provide forage. It grows mostly on gravelly mesas, rocky hillsides, and in semi-desert grasslands at elevations of 3500-6500 ft.
Little Leaf Sumac, Rhus microphylla