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Velvet Sumac

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

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Growing Regions

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 [25].


General Information

The currently accepted scientific name for staghorn sumac is Rhus typhina L. [16]. Staghorn sumac hybrizes with smooth sumac (R. glabra); the hybrid has alternately been named R. Xpulvinata Greene [33] or R. Xborealis (Britton) Greene [12,16].

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.

Much of the information presented 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 USDA Forest Service.

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