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Natural Highlights: Wild Sumac

  Winged Sumac

Comprising several native shrub species, the wild sumacs sport brilliant fall foliage and berries with a lemony taste which can be used as a culinary spice and to create a lemonade-like beverage. They are eaten by birds in late winter after preferred berries from other plants are gone.

Most people encounter sumac along the trail or the edges of fields, along country roads or in overgrown places in the city. Its erect clusters of burgundy berries are hard to miss. It can be used in the home landscape, and Winged or Flame Sumac (Rhus copallinum) is usually the species recommended for this purpose because it has a smaller, more compact form than either Staghorn (Rhus typhina) or Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra) - though it does like to sucker and spread. Its fall foliage is spectacular!

For more information on the sumacs, follow these links:

http://www.naturallandscapesnursery.com/rhus.html

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=g850

   Smooth Sumac

   Staghorn Sumac

 

Posted by Cathy Justis at 9:13 PM