Latin: Rhus typhina
Other common names: velvet sumac, hairy sumac
Mature Height: 15 ft
Soil / Climate: Grows well in low nutrient soils, sun and shade. Staghorn sumac grows in gardens, lawns, the edges of forests, and wasteland. It can grow under a wide array of conditions, but is most often found in dry and poor soil on which other plants cannot survive. Tolerates a wide range of climates.
Notes: Long slender leaves change from bright green to orange-red in the autumn. Flowers are dense yellow-green and fragrant. Fruit forms in dense, bright red, compact clusters, and persists thoughout winter. Sumac will spread from root suckers. Some beekeepers use dried sumac bobs as a source of fuel for their smokers. All parts of the staghorn sumac, except the roots, can be used as a natural dye. Branches have a hairy texture.
Wildlife: Fruit is eaten by turkey, ruffed grouse, bobwhite, pheasant, and many others.
Cold Stream Farm supplies Staghorn Sumac shrubs which are grown as bare root seedlings and transplants and sold both wholesale and retail with no minimum order.
Additional information on Rhus typhina can be found on the link: USDA / NRCS PLANTS Database.