Staghorn Sumac

It is difficult to pick a favorite tree for bright fall colors, but the Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) is certainly one of the champions for brightness and variety. It is sometimes confused with the invasive Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima), also known as Pittsburgh Palm or Tree from Hell; but fall quickly distinguishes them. The leaves of Tree of Heaven just turn sickly yellow, or drop before they turn any color at all. Staghorn Sumac is a native, and like most Northeastern trees it seems to take pride in its autumnal display.

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