Plant family: Anacardiaceae - Sumac
Plant type: Shrub
Plant origin: N/A, California
Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub, Creosote Bush Scrub
Sand, Sandy Loam, Riverbed Silt
Fire Resistance, Hedges and Screens, Important to Native People, Slope Stabilizer
The Squawbush, or Basket bush, more commonly, has received its name for the use of its sapling branches for basket making by native American tribe in the Southern California to Northern Mountain area of the state. The bush is similar to poison oak, but has dull, rather than reflective, leaves. The pale yellow flowers develop into reddish-orange berries that are sticky to the touch.
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