Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)

Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) (14096 bytes)  

Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) is hardy in zones 4-6, requires full sun and tolerates dry soil well. It is considered a low water use plant. These plants produce large colonies by suckering. Suckers can travel 10 feet or more from the parent plant.

Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) foliage (4289 bytes) Foliage: Leaves are 16 to 24 inches long. Leaflets are lanceolate, serrate, and 2 to 5 inches long.
smooth4.jpg (7917 bytes) Fall foliage color is red, green, yellow, and orange.
fruit stays on plant all winter  (17408 bytes) Fruits mature in late summer, but persist through winter. The stems and fruits of Staghorn Sumac are densely hairy, as in the "velvet stage" of a stag's antlers.
fruit in summer (6485 bytes)      Fruit: A drupe borne on upright panicles. Fruits are dark red, round and hairy, 1/8 inch in diameter.
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) bark (3806 bytes) Bark: Dark brown and scaly with age.

Photos: Judy Sedbrook

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