Dwarf Sumach (Rhus copallina)
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The leaves are rich in tannin[46, 82, 169], so is the bark and the fruit. The leaves can be collected as they fall in the autumn and used as a brown dye or as a mordant[169, 171]. The leaves contain 10 – 25% tannin. Up to 35.8% has been obtained from some plants.
An oil is extracted from the seeds. It attains a tallow-like consistency on standing and is used to make candles. These burn brilliantly, though they emit a pungent smoke.
The plants extensive root system makes it useful for stabilizing soils.
A black dye is obtained from the fruit[149, 257].
A resin, ‘copal resin’, is obtained from the sap of this plant. When dissolved in any volatile liquid, such as oil of turpentine, it makes a beautiful varnish. (Is this a mistaken entry? Perhaps it belongs with one of the toxic species[K]).
Wood – light, soft, coarse grained. It weighs 32lb per cubic foot. Sometimes used for small posts.
Cultivation & Habitat
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