Staghorn Sumac in Fall Colors

Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) has some of the most spectacular fall colors of all the spectacular trees nature plants for us around here. This clump was growing just below Grandview Avenue, Mount Washington, where they clung to the side of the hill. It should not be confused with the notoriously unwelcome Tree of Heaven or Chinese Sumac, also called Pittsburgh Palm or Tree from Hell, whose leaves just turn sickly yellow and fall off.

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