SOLVED: looks like fuzzy deer antlers...

Olga, WA(Zone 8b)

well, that's all I can tell ya.
in winter the very leggy thin branches look like fuzzy deer antlers
and in fall the color of the leaves is unbelievable (red-orange)
tall plant, maybe 15'
don't remember what shaped leaves it had

here's a good puzzle, good luck!

Garland, TX(Zone 8a)

Possibly a sumac? Rhus typhina is commonly called "staghorn sumac."

Edited to add a link to a photo of a bare branch:

This message was edited Dec 16, 2007 7:18 AM

Scott County, KY(Zone 5b)

Agree with nifty - staghorn sumac is a colonizing species which will have leggy stems with most/all branches near the tops, very fuzzy especially on the youngest stems, and brilliant red/orange compound foliage in fall.

If a female plant, there will be the reddish plumes of fruiting structures when the seed matures. Past prime, these structures often remain on the plant a darker color (even brownish to black) through the winter.

Olga, WA(Zone 8b)

Yes! Yes! Yes! thank you so much!

Olga, WA(Zone 8b)

anybody know if it's deer resistant?

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