Rhus aromatica, is a deciduous shrub native to Canada and the United States. It grows in upland open woods, fields, barrens, and rocky cliffs.
It is a woody plant that can grow to around 2 to 4 meters (6.6 to 13.1 ft) tall with a rounded form. It produces yellow flowers in clusters in March or April before the leaves emerge. Pistillate (female) plants bear hairy red drupes in July or August that can last until the next March if not eaten by birds or small mammals. They can be brewed into a tea.
The leaves and stems have a citrus fragrance when crushed, hence the species name. Leaves resemble those of its relative poison oak, however they are not poisonous. It inhabits mostly uplands areas, while poison ivy has no odor and can inhabit various habitats. The leaves are alternate and trifoliate with the middle leaflet being the largest of the three. It develops a good autumn color like other sumacs of bright yellow to red to red-purple.