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Plant Identification: SOLVED: looks like fuzzy deer antlers...

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entrancemount
Olga, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2007
4:58 AM

Post #4299518

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!
nifty413
Garland, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 16, 2007
1:15 PM

Post #4299956

Possibly a sumac? Rhus typhina is commonly called "staghorn sumac."
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/2190/

Edited to add a link to a photo of a bare branch:
http://uptreeid.com/PICShardwoods/Sumac-twig1.jpg

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

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

December 16, 2007
1:22 PM

Post #4299962

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.
entrancemount
Olga, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2007
7:50 PM

Post #4301058

Yes! Yes! Yes! thank you so much!
entrancemount
Olga, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2007
7:55 PM

Post #4301068

anybody know if it's deer resistant?

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