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Staghorn sumac

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Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Robert Mineau)
Rhus typhina.



Origin and description

Staghorn sumac is a shrub to small tree with an umbrella-shaped crown when mature. It can grow to 7 metres. Its deciduous green leaves turn red in fall. It features antler-like branches and highly pubescent, bright red fruit.

Common name

Staghorn sumac

Latin name (genus)

Rhus typhina (syn.= Rhus hirta)

English common name

French common name

Botanical family

  • Anacardiaceae

Growing conditions

This plant prefers open, rocky, dry sites.

Easy to grow?

This small invasive tree forms dense, highly decorative clumps. It grows rapidly and is irregular in form. If left uncontrolled, it will spread via suckers.


  • Zone 3

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Pests and diseases
Physiological disorders

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