Rhus typhina                                            

Staghorn Sumac

 

Safe Harbor Arboretum, River Road, Conestoga PA (along the Trail of Hist- ory, to the right of the tennis courts)

Len Eiserer

This tree, about 12 feet tall, is rooted at the top of an old Silver Maple snag. While seedlings sprouting in the de- caying wood of trees is not unusual, this specimen is notable because the host maple was itself a significant tree (see separate entry).  

 

[For another example of one tree giv- ing life to another tree of a different species, see the entry for "White Birch on Millersville Pike."]

 

A native of Canada and the north- eastern United States, Staghorn Su- mac is very similar to Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra).  It is not, however, closely related to Poison Sumac (Toxi- codendron vernix) even though both share the "sumac" moniker.

 

This amazing species produces fruit that can be made into a pink beverage known as "Indian lemonade."