If the plants have red berries, they are not poison sumac. All of the
noxious poison oaks, ivies, and sumacs have white berries. You may
have a non-toxic species of sumac (Rhus), many of which will grow in
quite dry areas.
>> I have some small tree-like plants in my back yard (Boston, MA suburb), and I
> would like to know what they are. The leaves look like Poison Sumac, but there
> are no bogs or swamps nearby. I have seen some of these grow 20-30+ feet tall.
> And I believe that they have clusters of red berries on them at some point in
> the year. Thank you so very much for any info. Please email me.
>>Rabbath at aol.com