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Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)    
Family: Anacardiaceae      
                 
  Staghorn Sumac Full

Location: Found mostly in open uplands, forest edges, road sides


Characteristics:

  • Tall shrub or small tree
  • Height: 9 m (30 in)
  • Open, flat crown with a few spreading branches.

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Leaves:

  • 30-60 cm (12-24 in) long
  • Compound
  • Hairy, reddish axis
  • Dark green above, whitish beneath
  • Bright red, purple and orange in autumn

 

       
  Sumac Leaves  
         

 

Bark:

  • Dark brown
  • Thin
  • Smooth or scaly

 

 
  Sumac Bark  
 

 

Fruiting parts:

  • Multiple fruits clustered upright, 20 cm (8 in) long
  • Densely covered with dark red hairs
  • Fruits mature in late summer and autumn, remain in winter

 

       
  Sumac fruiting body  
           
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