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Latin Name- Rhus Aromatica Hardy Planting Zone- 3-9 Mature Height- 2-20 ft Width- 10-15 ft Sun or Shade- Prefers Full Sun to Partial Shade

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Sumac Tree - Rhus Aromatica

Eastern North America is the home to the Staghorn Sumac, also known as Rhus Typhina. The Staghorn Sumac is in the family Anacardiaceae and is a species of flowering plant. The Staghorn Sumac can be found in the Appalachian Mountains, Midwestern and Northeastern areas of the United States and primarily in Southeastern Canada. The Staghorn Sumac is mainly found in a temperate climate and is widely cultivated as an ornamental.

The Staghorn Sumac is a deciduous shrub and or small tree and possibly grow 6 meters side by 5 meters tall, and rust color hairs densely cover the stems and leaf petioles. The branches of the Staghorn Sumac got its name from its forking pattern branches that look like antlers and over time evolved to the common name "staff's horn sumach." Also, female or male plants are formed from large clumps since it is dioecious. At the terminal and if a Staghorn Sumac's branches, you can find dense clusters of small fruit (red drupes). The groups are comic and are 2-2 inches wide, and 2-8 inches long, and the plant flowers ripen from June to September and the plant flowers from May to July. Yellow, Orange, and Red colors make up the vibrant colors in autumn, and the fruit may last from winter to spring.

The Staghorn Sumac is a plant that aggressively grows and distributes its seeds by rhizomes to create colonies (old in the center, young out). Smaller gardens cannot accommodate the Staghorn Sumac even though it's known to be an ornamental plant that provides interest all through the year. However, since the Staghorn has an intense, suckering habit makes the plant non-compatible with smaller gardens.

The Staghorn Sumac may grow in many different conditions such as poor soil and dry soil; other plants usually aren't able to grow. Landscapers are known to create a crown effect so that it looks like a plan tree, by removing all but the top branches.

It was in the 17th century when the Staghorn Sumac was introduced to Europe and is a well-liked plan in gardens. Sumac Vinaigrier, Essigbaum which means vinegar tree is the common name for the Staghorn Sumac in German and French.

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Staghorn sumac bares fruit that usually ripens in the June to September months. The staghorn sumac grows more than 3 feet in one year. Staghorn sumac thrives in almost any soil it is planted.


The Staghorn Sumac is a deciduous tree that is native to North America. This tree is rather small in size and can sometimes be considered shrubs. This tree grows the best in the northeastern part of the United States and the southern parts of Canada. The width of the tree ranges from six to twelve inches. The tree reaches in size from fifteen to thirty-five feet tall and has long, green and thin leaves. The leaves are flat and compound. In the center of the branches are drupes are covered in reddish color hairs. These drupes are in the shape of a cone. In the winter the tree’s leave looks fuzzy like the fuzz on the antler of a deer.
The Staghorn Sumac is a fruit-bearing tree. The fruit will grow from May until September. The fruit can last through the winter. The leaves of the tree turn red during the fall. This tree grows well in gardens, lawns, and in the forest. It can live in dry soil conditions. It becomes well in the old field. It is one of the most accessible trees to grow and does not require much care. However, it does require a lot of sunlight. The tree needs a lot of room to spread out and grow. It can also grow on hillsides and in rocky soil. This tree was once used by the Native American people to make a drink. Today people use the Staghorn Sumac to add a decorative touch to their lawn.