20 responses to “Rhus typhina”

  1. Theresa

    I love Autumn.

  2. Edith

    Would love to see a photo of the flower/berries too!

  3. Dori

    Managable if left undisturbed???

  4. Em

    Gorgeous leaves! I’ll have to start paying a bit more attention to this species as it’s turning next year! Most have already gone completely red around here.

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  6. Ann Kent

    Thank you, Lindsay. I just returned to Vancouver from teaching on Vancouver Island. It is particularly interesting, and satisfying, to note just how often staghorn sumac is used on roadside berms and on erosion prone slopes adjacent the Island Highway. It was in glorious array. Also had the opportunity to see it among other native plants that are being re-established at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Ann Kent.

  7. elizabeth a airhart

    just beautiful thank you
    many images and write ups on this tree
    are on the net from forestlady on flicer
    wildflowers . org lady bird johnson
    the trees are welcome autum sight
    as the song reads the autum leaves
    drift by my window the autum
    leaves of red and gold

  8. Connie

    My bet friend in 2nd grade was Laurie Millen. She lived in town, in a neighborhood arranged in “blocks”. The middle of the block she lived on, where all the backyards ran together, was a miniature forest, all of Sumac. It was truly a magical place, all the trees were about the same size, very regularly spaced because of the way they grow- no one had planted them. Their trunks looked silver in some lights, like creepy grabby monsters in the dark, and in autumn the leaves turned scarlet. Breathtaking. It was just the right size for children to play in. To adults our magical woods was just a patch of brush. But the interior of it was clear of everything except the little trees.
    We made “Girl Scout Lemonade” by soaking the berries in cold water and adding sugar.
    I use these little copse of bright, hardy trees in landscape designs. They will grow almost anywhere.

  9. Judith Solberg

    I am curious about the pattern of color change on the leaves. I have seen something similar here in NE Missouri on an ornamental pear, but only on one out of several. What causes it?

  10. Nancy Armstrong

    At Darts Hill Garden Park in Surrey [at 16th Ave. and 170th St.] we have Rhus typhina ‘Tiger Eyes’ or ‘Bailtiger’which has even more spectacular fall color and has the advantage of not getting as large or invasive as the typical Rhus. We are having an Open House and Plant Sale THIS Saturday, October 24 10-4. Come and see the Rhus typhina ‘Tiger Eyes’ in Bed #30. It is special!

  11. Richard

    Remember your basic botany, these are leaflets, not leaves 🙂

  12. megan

    stunning, nice juxtaposition of photos.

  13. jan

    Beautiful leaves and brilliant in it’s home enviroment but a right pest in this neck of the woods.
    We have some at the college we are keen to get rid of!

  14. Kim

    When I was in a Woody Plant Material class, about 30 years ago, we had some lovely ‘Rhus juice’ that had been made by the professor. He did caution us before we sipped any and told us that there was some history of the native americans using it as a abortifactant. I’ve always remembered this but has it been disproven is the intervening years?

  15. Douglas Justice

    One correspondent above wonders about the invasiveness of Rhus typhina. It runs, especially in the sun in well-drained soil, but locally (in the Vancouver area) it does not spread far, and the individual stems are somewhat short-lived. Another mentions that R. typhina is a native, which it is, in North America. It’s native range is southern Quebec to Ontario, south to Georgia, Indiana and Iowa. The sumac species native to British Columbia is R. glabra (smooth sumac). Both species are glorious for autumn colour.

  16. Tanis Teichrib

    all of the Comox valley is glowing right now spectacular to see before winter sets in

  17. Scott

    Outstanding! Love the colors… we don’t get those kinds of colors in Miami, FL.

  18. chico

    LOVE the top photo! Gorgeous colors. If you made a poster, I would buy it. I do wish there was a way to print some of these photos, as many are suitable for framing.

  19. lindsay

    It is so nice to see specimens from my two homes side-by-side!

  20. andrea

    I have a sumac leaf picture that is similarly mottled: http://www.flickr.com/photos/23111668@N03/2954067862/in/set-72157617344288593/
    and also of the hairy fruit:

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