365 Project – Day 274

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Staghorn Sumac.

Another sure sign that autumn is not far away is the change in the colour of the leaves of the Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina). These decorative shrubs/small trees were introduced from North America in the seventeenth century and are a popular garden plant. It is called ‘staghorn’ because the branches are covered in hairs that give them a ‘velvet’ appearance like a stag’s antlers. Frankly I have never been fond of them as I find them too messy as a plant; I must admit, though, that they do look spectacular in the autumn.

1 October 2014

3 thoughts on “365 Project – Day 274

  1. That is quite pretty! This plant is considered a weed in Queensland as apparently there is a very high incidence of people having allergic reactions to it. I suppose that makes sense if it is hairy. It is illegal to plant one here.
    You Brits must be a tougher breed than us Aussies :)

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