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Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)

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The bright red or orange leaves of staghorn sumac are among the earliest and brightest contributors to fall colors in northeastern Wisconsin. This species gets its name from the dense velvety hairs on the young branches, which remind people of the antlers of deer when they are said to be "in velvet". Staghorn sumac forms large clones as seen in this photo, with the oldest stems at the center and the youngest at the edge. It is very likely that all the sumac stems in this stand represent the growth of a single individual plant.

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Last updated on April 15, 2014