Sumac Tree Info: Learn About Common Sumac Varieties For Gardens

The common name of sumacs (S. purpurea) comes from the Latin word “purpura” which means poison.

The plant has been used medicinally for centuries for its medicinal properties, especially in treating coughs and colds. There are many types of sumacs available today including red, white, pink and purple varieties. Red, white and pink sumacs have the most medicinal value due to their coloration. White and pink sumacs are often grown for their ornamental purposes. Purple sumacs are not only beautiful but they also contain high amounts of vitamin C. They are sometimes referred to as the “super vitamins.”

What’s So Special About Sumac?

There is no doubt that there is a long history of use of this plant for medicine. The first recorded use of the plant was in China over 2,000 years ago. Chinese physicians prescribed it for a variety of ailments including headaches, fever, pain in joints and muscles, diarrhea and stomach aches. Today there are several different species of sumacs with varying levels of medicinal value.

Common Names: Red Sumac (Rhus spp. spp.), Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) and Persian Sumac (Rhus x latifolia).

If you have an interest in using natural and alternative medicine, you might be interested in sumac. While many people are generally interested in this type of plant, not all of them know what it looks like or exactly how it can help them in their health struggles.

This article will explore some of the basics of sumac.

What Is Sumac?

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Welcome to Thanksgiving Point’s Children’s Garden by LA Sagers – 2002 –

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Emergency: Treating poison ivy, oak, and sumac by RH True – The Scientific Monthly, 1933 – JSTOR

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