Lets learn another latin word shall we (*I know you thought I have given up– but no– I am determined to learn more myself and make sure you all become a little more plant-ucated as well). So next up is Glabra… which means smooth.
As usual, the latin notation has a tendency to describe the feature that is different. So for example — typically Ilex (holly) has pointy holly-shaped leaves — but Ilex glabra has smooth rounded leaves (kind of like boxwood).
Similarly — my current obsession with Rhus glabra — it is unique (near as I can tell) because it has smooth bark. I desperately want some of these seed heads and their red leaves in my garden this fall…
image from natural landscape nursery