A large woody deciduous shrub or small tree growing 5 to 8 m in height. Reproduction is by seed and suckers with large numbers of seedlings present wherever the plant occurs. Potential for rapid spread under favourable environmental conditions is high. Rhus is an allergenic plant whose sap causes severe dermatitis. Control is by mechanical removal taking appropriate precautions to avoid contact with the sap. Do not burn as smoke particles from Rhus carry the toxic oil which is particularly dangerous in this form. Seedlings should by hoed or dug in.