This autumn tinted, small tree, Sumac or Sumach is also called the ‘Stags Horn’ or botanically Rhus typhina. It is in the family Anacardiaceae, native to eastern North America. It is primarily found in Southeastern Canada, the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and the Appalachian Mountains, but is widely cultivated as an ornamental throughout the temperate world.
Trees can grow up to 8 m high and branches fork freely and are covered with thick velvety hair when young. Leaves divide into narrow oval, toothed and softly hairy drooping leaflets. The leaves are bright orange and red colours in autumn. Male flowers are greenish and female are red blooming on different trees. The cone-shaped, dull red, hairy heads remain on the tree throughout winter. Take care when touching the leaves and stems as the sap can be an irritant.
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