Staghorn sumac
Rhus typhina

Family: Anacardiaceae

Habitat: In fields and dry areas throughout eastern North America

Form: Clonal shrubs to 10 feet tall or more

Flower: Small yellow-green flowers in clusters

Foliage: Compound serrated leaves. Twigs and shoots with brown fuzz.

Notes and uses: Clumps of this shrub turn bright red yellow and orange in the fall.

It is essential to distinguish this plant from Poison sumac, Toxicodendron vernix or Rhus vernix, which can be identified by its smooth-edged leaves, white berries, and preference for moist habitats. All parts of Poison sumac are toxic.

But this is not true of Staghorn sumac. The red fuzzy berries of Staghorn sumac are often steeped in water to make a beverage.

Staghorn sumac
Rhus typhina

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