Staghorn Sumac
Rhus hirta

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Family:
Anacardiaceae

Description:
Shrub or small tree, 1.22-4.47 meters (4-15ft) high. Twigs and leafstalks hairy. Leaves have 11 to 13 toothed leaflets. Fruits are hairy, red, and arranged in a pyramidal structure. Fruits present June through September. Autumn leaves are deep red.

Location:
Often found in dry, rocky soils. Ranges from Southern Canada through Northeastern United States, west to the Great Lakes region.

Uses and Parts Used:

Fruits:
Native Americans used fruits in cough syrup. Gargled for sore throat and tonsillitis.

Bark: Root bark used as an astringent and to staunch bleeding.

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Staghorn Sumac- Branch
Note the Furry Texture
Staghorn Sumac- Leaf
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Staghorn Sumac- Fruit