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Staghorn Sumac-left side of path

This specimen originates from the mother plants across the pathway

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Staghorn Sumac-right

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Lanceleaf Sumac-Fall color


Skunkbush Sumac

Sumac Collection
Staghorn, Lanceleaf and Skunkbush (A# 0098-042  WF13)
Catalogue A# 0098-041 WF3
Catalogue A# 2000-131 AV6

A# 0098-041 WF3

Rhus typhina

Family: Anacardiaceae

Origin: Quebec and south to Georgia,Indiana,Iowa

Common name: Staghorn Sumac

Location: Along pathway between Lynx and Wolves

Number in accession: 15

Note: Source-Garden of Dr.Lee Richardson,Laurel, MT

Curator's note: Fine example of multi-stemmed form


Tree or Plant Type: Shrub, Tree
        Foliage: Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
        Native Locale:  North America
        Landscape Uses: Massing, Screen, Specimen
        Size Range: Small tree (15-25 feet), Compact tree (10-15 feet), Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
        Light Exposure: Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
        Hardiness Zones: Zone 4, Zone 5 , Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
        Soil Preference: Dry soil, Moist, well-drained soil
        Season of Interest: Early winter, Mid winter, Early summer, Early fall, Mid fall, Late fall
        Flower Color & Fragrance: Yellow
        Shape or Form: Broad, Irregular, Multi-stemmed, Thicket-forming
        Growth Rate: Fast
More Information:
Size & Form
Staghorn sumac is one of the largest native sumacs reaching up to 25 feet tall and wide.
A large, open, colony-forming shrub that spreads by runners. 
Tree & Plant Care
Very adaptable to most growing conditions, from poor soils to drought conditions.
Best in full sun and well-drained soil.
Spreads by root suckers to form large colonies. Unwanted suckers can be mowed or removed to keep plants managable.
Does not tolerate wet sites


Staghorn sumac is often used in mass plantings, for naturalizing, or on steep slopes. Its open habit and hairy stems resemble horns on a male deer, giving staghorn sumac its name.   It is one of the last plants to leaf out in the spring with bright green leaves that change to an attractive yellow, orange, and scarlet in fall. Among the most recognizable characteristics are large, upright clusters of fuzzy red fruits that appear above the branches in late summer on female plants. They are highly appealing to birds.   


A# 2000-131  AV6

Rhus typhina 'Lanceleaf'

Family: Anacardiaceae

Origin: Quebec

Common name: Lanceleaf Staghorn Sumac

Location: West viewing area of Birds of Prey-left of path

Number in accession: 2 (spreading)

Curator's note: (1) plant will be re-located 2019

A# 0098-042  WF13

Rhus trilobata

Family: Anacardiaceae

Origin: Native

Common name: Skunkbush Sumac

Location: Southwest corner of Wolf Building

Number in accession: 1 (tagged)

Note: Source-Garden of Mac Oliver, Billings,MT


Trunk from photo-top left

This 9 inch Staghorn sumac provides overall benefits of:

$30 every year. 

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