Min. size 30 cm + (sold in groupings of 10)
Rhus typhina, the staghorn sumac is native to the southern half of eastern Ontario and eastward to the Maritime provinces.
Traditionally, the staghorn sumac, except the roots, have been used as a natural dye. It is often seen along roadways and is especially noticeable in the fall when the leaves turn to a bright red or orange. The thick branches are hairy and resemble the velvety antlers of a male deer, hence the name "staghorn."
This is a very hardy species that prefers open areas and lots of sunshine. It tolerates poor soil, including poor dry areas. It is also typically pest and disease resistant.
Sumac male and female parts are found on separate trees so if you want the brilliant red berries, you will need to ensure you have a mix.
Birds will eat sumac berries, but often as a last resort. Mammarls such as rabbits, moose and deer do browse the leaves and twigs while butterlies use this plant as food for their young and they provide nectar for bees.