Botanical Name: Rhus typhina
Common Name: Staghorn Sumac
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Height: 15-25' Spread: 15-30' Habit/Form: Large, suckering, colonizing shrub.
Growth Rate: Fast Zone: 4-8
Cultural Requirements: Best in full sun in most soils except those that are permanently wet. Very tolerant of dry conditions once established.
Ornamental Characteristics: One of the last plants to leaf out in the spring with bright green leaves through out the summer changing to an attractive yellow, orange and scarlet in fall. Dense, fuzzy clusters of dark red fruits appear in early fall; color often holds until spring. The plants open habit and hairy stems resemble horns on a male deer.
Uses in the Landscape: A native plant best used in mass plantings, naturalizing, on steep slopes. Because of its suckering habit avoid using in confined spaces.
Birds Attracted: 98+ species, including flicker, woodpeckers, robin, sparrows, towhee, and tanager.
Plant Appeal for Birds: Fruit ripens in August-September and persists into spring; shelter
Aerial Salt Tolerance: Highest degree of salt tolerance; use in most exposed areas
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