Description from Flora of China
Rhus cotinus Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1: 267. 1753.
Shrubs, 3-5 m tall. Petiole up to 3.5 cm; leaf blade broadly elliptic to obovate, 3-8 × 2.5-6 cm, gray pubescent on both sides or more distinctly so abaxially, base rounded to broadly cuneate, margin entire, apex rounded to retuse, lateral veins 6-11 pairs. Inflorescence paniculate, pubescent. Pedicel 7-10 mm; flower ca. 3 mm in diam. Calyx glabrous, lobes ovate-triangular, ca. 1.2 × 0.8 mm. Petals ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 2-2.5 × ca. 1 mm. Stamens ca. 1.5 mm; anthers ovoid, equal to filaments in length. Disk 5-lobed, purplish brown. Ovary subglobose, ca. 0.5 mm in diam.; styles 3, free, unequal. Drupe reniform, ca. 4.5 × 2.5 mm, glabrous. Fl. Feb-Aug, fr. May-Nov.
Hill forests, hill and mountain thickets; 700-2400 m. Gansu, Guizhou, Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Jiangsu, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang [NW India, Nepal, Pakistan; SW Asia, Europe].