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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Rhus typhina

Staghorn Sumac

Scientific Name:

Rhus typhina

Genus:

Rhus

Species Epithet:

typhina

Common Name:

Staghorn Sumac

Plant Type

Tree/Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Anacardiaceae (Cashew Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

6-12 ft., 12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Roadsides, old pastures, thickets, clearings, rock outcrops, barrens. Common in NC mountains and present in a few western Piedmont counties.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Colonial and grows aggressively. Red fruit and fall foliage.

Dense cluster of hairy, red fruit, and stems densely covered with long hairs

Hillsborough County NH

The Scientific Name is Rhus typhina. You will likely hear them called Staghorn Sumac. This picture shows the Dense cluster of hairy, red fruit, and stems densely covered with long hairs of Rhus typhina

Lisa Lofland Gould

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/rhus-typhina/



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