Small deciduous tree up to 8 metres tall with brilliantly coloured autumn foliage. Compound leaves (20-35 cm in length), divided into 9 to 15 (usually 11) leaflets arranged in pairs with a single leaflet at the tip. Leaflets 4-10 cm x 2-3 cm. Leaves bright green above, greyish below during the summer months, changing to brilliant red in autumn before shedding. Flowers creamy white, 5 to 6 mm diameter, spring and early summer, in groups among new season’s leaves at the end of branchlets. Fruit, a brown berry which turns papery when ripe, hangs in clusters from autumn-winter, shed the following spring.
Seed spread by birds and vegetative reproduction through suckering.
It has the potential to compete with and replace native plant species. It can cause a severe allergic reaction to humans if skin contact is made, especially with the sap.
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