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Hardiness: USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Color: Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
Bloom Time: Mid Summer
Foliage: Grown for foliage Deciduous
Other details: Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping May be a noxious weed or invasive
Soil pH requirements: 4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic) 5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic) 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
On Jun 12, 2011, SuburbanNinja80 from Plainfield, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:
Am gold going to have to get one of these for my tropical back yard. I all ready have the smooth sumac seeds on the way. But, its better than the Tree of heaven sumac... can't kill the tree even if you try. On the other hand if you have the Navite type that look like the tree of heaven then your good to go in my book. Only player this sumac or the smooth sumac. Then again there maybe a crazy person who plants the posion sumac.
I have a 40' Staghorn Sumac in my front yard with a 24" diameter trunk. There are a few issues with it: it drops thousands of seeds a year, leaving me to yank out 5-6 trash cans filled with saplings each year from my yard. In the spring, the pollen casts a horrible stench over my whole yard. If it wasn't for the shade it provides, I would have it removed tomorrow and replaced with a hardwood sapling.
At my old house, the woods bordering my 3 acre yard were filled with them, I had to run a brush hog around the perimeter of the yard to keep them from taking over. They seem to be able to grow almost a foot high in less than a week. Thankfully, the soft wood makes them easy to mow and the straight taproot makes them pretty easy to pull, after wiggling them loose.
Nothing would grow in the yellow clay on the south side of my house without constant watering. I planted three plants, 3 years ago and with watering only when I think about it these 3 have become many, developing a lush ecosystem unique to my yard. Almost tropical. They also grow fast providing shade to cool the house. Living on a wind blown clay knob, with 10 inches of precip and with -20 to 110 F temps, I have learned to appreciate any plant that survives.
This is a highly invasive plant in western Kansas, called the 'sucker plant' for it's amazing ability to replicate itself so speedily via root suckers. It forms large 'colonies' with the oldest trees in the middle and the younger trees spreading outward and will grow almost anywhere, making it an excellent plant for putting where no other plant will survive but it's spread can be a hard-to-control thing. It has been known to invade and take over gardens and choke out small trees without proper control. and is marked as an invasive weed in Wisconson
The wood is light and brittle, somewhat similar to balsa wood. The berries are sour and can be used in pies, or soaked to make a drink. They shouldn't be boiled, as this makes the drink astringent.
Very nice looking plant. I use it in landscapping. Can grow in almost any soil conditions (ecept for swampy-marshy), and most lighting conditions. Once it is established, it is very hard to unistablish.
Bark from roots is used for leather dye.
On Oct 12, 2001, Joy from Kalama, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:
Staghorn sumac is a large, open, spreading shrub or small tree. Fern-like leaves turn attractive shades of orange, yellow and red in autumn. Common name comes from the dense, reddish brown hairs which cover the stems of this plant in somewhat the same way as velvet covers the antlers of a stag (male deer).
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Bass River, Wetumpka, Alabama Rest Haven, Georgia Boise, Idaho Northfield, Illinois Logansport, Indiana Plainfield, Indiana Saint Francis, Kansas Wichita, Kansas Benton, Kentucky New Vineyard, Maine South China, Maine Cresaptown-bel Air, Maryland Thurmont, Maryland Valley Lee, Maryland Lawrence, Massachusetts Lake, Michigan Plainwell, Michigan Heidelberg, Minnesota Maccook, Nebraska Frenchtown, New Jersey Henderson, North Carolina Glouster, Ohio Dubois, Pennsylvania Walnutport, Pennsylvania Crossville, Tennessee Dallas, Texas Mckinney, Texas Montague, Texas Elwood, Utah Eastgate, Washington Kalama, Washington Lake Forest Park, Washington Langley, Washington Olympia, Washington Vancouver, Washington Lake Lac La Belle, Wisconsin