Rhus integrifolia · lemonade berry · SW & Baja California
Rhus ovata · sugar bush · SW & Baja California, Arizona
See a fine example in shrub form at the east end of the cycle path between Stanford Avenue and Santa Fe Avenue, and a tree form on the right side of the driveway to the Communication/Networking Services utility building behind Ventura Hall. Specimens of the handsome Rhus ovata, sugar bush, are on the left side of the same driveway with more lemonade berry.
The name lemonade berry refers to a Native American practice of making a lemon-like drink by dissolving a sugary substance found on fresh berries. The dark red wood was referred to as mahogany. The two species hybridize.
It can also be found at the Medical School Office Building, and West Campus Drive near Beckman and Fairchild centers.
Illustrations: Jasper Ridge plant photo archive photo archive.
Name derivation: Rhus – Greek name for one of the species in the genus; integrifolia – integrifolia: entire leaves.
About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005. John Rawlings added the Medical School and Campus Drive locations.