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