Velvet Sumac Tree Information

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Velvet Sumac grows in the following 30 states and provinces:

Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward Island, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin

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The Rhus Typhina is commonly known as the Staghorn Sumac, Velvet Sumac as well as Vinegar Tree.

The currently accepted scientific name for staghorn sumac is Rhus typhina L. . Staghorn sumac hybrizes with smooth sumac (R. glabra); the hybrid has alternately been named R. Xpulvinata Greene or R. Xborealis (Britton) Greene .

The native range of staghorn sumac extends from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, southern Quebec, and Maine; west to southern Ontario, northern Michigan, and northern Minnesota; south to central Iowa, central Illinois, western Tennessee, and northern Alabama; and east to northern Georgia, northwestern South Carolina, Maryland, and New Jersey .

Staghorn sumac is primarily a species of forest edges and disturbed sites. It occurs on the edges of many forest types, and is a frequent member of early oldfield communities, particularly on dry soils.

Some of the information provided here is attributed to:Sullivan, Janet. 1994. Rhus typhina. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). , available at the USDA Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) website