It also spreads by ground suckers to form a colony. The fruit of staghorn sumac is a red fuzzy droop, a fleshy fruit with thin skin and central stone containing the seed. Sharing a genus with poison sumac (Rhus vernix) has unnecessarily blackballed staghorn sumac (R. typhina) from inclusion in many landscape plans. Tiger Eyes has foliage that is dissected, giving it a more fine textured, ferny foliage effect. Because it doesn’t sucker it is a much more manageable plant in our typical, small scale, urban landscapes. You might not know it, but sumac-ade (made from either smooth sumac Rhus glabra, or staghorn sumac Rhus typhina) is in fact a tasty herbal relic and beverage straight from the Iowa area of ancient times, as well as the rest of the heart of the Midwest. Native Americans also use the fruits of smooth sumac and staghorn sumac (R. glabra and R. typhina) to make a beverage known as sumac-ade, Indian lemonade or rhus juice. Smooth Sumac has none of the hair on the leaves. Shining Sumac has wings on the rachis and is so shiny it looks like the leaves have been waxed. All three of which, have the same skin irritating oil in them. Usually grows in masses and suckers profusely. (in the middle) Tree of Heaven on the other hand is very hairy. Please keep in mind that the information found on our website is provided for free and Johnson’s Nursery, Inc.™ does not assume any liability resulting from the information we provide. Outstand-ing red fall color. Though they are nearly identical in appearance and growing conditions, Rhus glabra is native across North America, including the Spokane region, while Rhus typhina is native only to the eastern … Travel the likes of 91, 84, 95 or the dreaded Merritt? This species is one of the most useful of landscape plants. Smooth sumac occurs in open woods, brushy areas along roadsides, and fencerows. The bad sumacs are really bad!!! Staghorn Sumac Tree Facts. Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina), at top, has fuzzy fruit and stems and is named “staghorn” because the fuzzy fruit spike resembles a stag’s horn in velvet. One cultivar of Staghorn Sumac that has become very popular in recent years is Rhus typhina ‘Baitiger’ PP16,185 - First Editions™ Tiger Eyes® Cutleaf Sumac. Poison Sumac looks similar to Smooth Sumac but only grows in swamps where Smooth Sumac doesn’t grow. Winged sumac occurs in glades, upland prairies, savannas, openings of upland forests, and open disturbed areas. The Staghorn and Smooth Sumac likes well drained … In the fall, all the sumacs are beautiful, with foliage colors of magnificent maroon to red and oranges and touches of yellow. Staghorn Sumac is a unique shrub, named for the hairy stems that look like velvet on a stag's antlers. Scarlet sumac) Although all sumac sold for consumption is safe to eat, there is also a poisonous form of the plant found in the wild, which is identifiable by its white berries and drooping leaves in contrast to edible sumac’s bold red berries. The leaves on a poison sumac are angled slightly upward, and they’re smooth and oblong-shaped. The fruit is … Smooth sumac (Rhus glabra), above, is smooth just like its name. Similar to Staghorn sumac but shorter. This drink is made by soaking the ripe fruits of sumac in water, rubbing them to extract the essence, straining the liquid through cotton cloth and … Bark and leaves are rich in tannin; these were used in tanning leather and it has been said that black ink can be made by … They all have large, pinnately compound leaves and prominent rusty-red terminal fruit clusters that usually last into late winter. Both Sumac and Tree of Heaven are in flower in northeast Ohio, which in fact is one of the best ways to tell them apart.