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