Stag's-horn Sumach - Rhus typhina

    Alt Name
    Staghorn Sumac, Rhus hirta

    A large suckering deciduous shrub to 6 metres with red-hairy stems and alternate, large, pinnate leaves which turn red and orange in autumn. It is dioecious (separate male and female plants). It has conical clusters of yellow-green flowers and on female plants these are followed by deep crimson-red fruit spikes.

    Identification difficulty

    Usually found near to habitation as an escape from cultivation. Often escapes by means of suckers which extend way beyond the parent tree.

    When to see it

    Flowering July ? August.

    Life History

    Deciduous shrub.

    UK Status

    There are occasional, but widespread records of this plant escaping from cultivation in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon or under recorded as an escape from cultivation in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in VC55 until 1996 (Osgathorpe).

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map