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Staghorn Sumac

Plant Leaf

Full Plant

Plant Berry/Flower

Latin Name: Rhus typhina

Flower Description:

On female plants, yellow-green flowers are followed by fuzzy, bright red berries in erect, pyramidal clusters which persist throughout winter.

Season BloomJune - July
HabitatColonies can be rejuvenated every few years by cutting them to the ground in mid-winter. They are fast growing, generally pest and disease-free, and drought-tolerant. The berries are winter food for many upland gamebirds, songbirds, and large and small mammals. Honeybees are attracted to the flowers in spring. Beneficial to Native Bees, by providing nesting materials/structure for them.
Leaf DescriptionColony-forming, deciduous shrub with crooked, leaning trunks, picturesque branches and velvety twigs. Large, bright-green, pinnately-compound leaves become extremely colorful in early fall.
Soil Type Dry
Light Source Shade, Partial Shade, Sun