When does this bloom?
Where does this bloom?
Common along roadside in dry, rocky areas.
Staghorn Sumac, Rhus typhina, is a deciduous shrub native to eastern North America. It can be found from Ontario and Quebec south to northern Georgia and it can be seen along the roadside of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
This plant can grow up to 3-10 m tall and has feather-like compound leaves 25-55 cm long. The leaves and stem of the Staghorn Sumac are covered in dense, rust-colored hairs. The fruit of this plant can be found at the end of each branch where they form in small clusters . Considered one of the best for beautifal fall foliage, the Staghorn Sumac plant turns bright red throughout autumn and has been known to last late into winter.
It is an aggressive plant that spreads through the use of its seeds. This technique allows the tree to form colonies in which the oldest plants grow in the center and the younger ones growing outwards. The Staghorn Sumac can grow in a wide variety of conditions, but it is most often found in dry, poor soil locations where other plants cannot survive.
The fruit of the Staghorn Sumac can be used to make pink lemonade. Through a process of soaking and washing the fruit in cold water, then straining and sweetening it, this delicious summer drink can be created.
Both the leaves and berries of this plant can be mixed with tobacco and other herbs for smoking. Native Americans first started this practice, which is continued today.