At a Glance
LatinName: Rhus typhina
Other common names: velvet sumac, hairy sumac
Mature Height: 15 ft
Soil / Climate: Grows well in low nutrient soils, sun and shade.
Staghorn sumac grows in gardens, lawns, the edges of forests, and wasteland.
It can grow under a wide array of conditions but is most often found in dry and poor soil on which other plants cannot survive. Tolerates a wide range of climates.
Notes: Long slender leaves change from bright green to orange-red in the autumn. Flowers are dense yellow-green and fragrant. Fruit forms in dense, bright red, compact clusters, and persists thoughout winter. Sumac will spread from root suckers. Some beekeepers use dried sumac bobs as a source of fuel for their smokers. All parts of the staghorn sumac, except the roots, can be used as a natural dye.
Branches have a hairy texture.
Wildlife: Fruit is eaten by turkey, ruffed grouse, bobwhite, pheasant, and many others.
-Winter food source for wildlife
-Strong habitat preference for a variety of wildlife, including deer, ruffed grouse, pheasant, quail and bees
Bare Root Purchase Size: 1-2 ft.
USDA NRCS Species Information