The Rhus, The Rhus, The Rhus Is On Fire!

Bad to the phloem!We don’t need no water, let the Staghorn Sumac burn!

Burn, Staghorn Sumac, Burn!

Do you have Staghorn Sumac where you live? I bet you do.

Here is everything I know about it.

  1. It’s really easy to pull out, if you have an infestation. You can most likely do it with one hand!
  2. It has a weird scent, like the rest of the Rhus family. I think it’s sort of chocolatey, but fake. Like a chocolate scented scratch n’ sniff sticker, but more fake. Oh wait. Like a CAROB scratch n’ sniff sticker.
  3. It’s in the cashew family, like Smoke Trees and Pistachios, so maybe I’m way off on that carob thing.
  4. They grow in colonies and also develop verticillium wilt in colonies. And then die in colonies.
  5. You can use the “drupe” (that’s the flower thingie) as dye or in food. When you do that, you can point to the thing you dyed or cooked and say, “Drupe, there it is!”
  6. Sure, it’s a total weed- but the cultivar ‘Tiger Eye’ is a big whoop. So naturally, I didn’t have a lot of luck with it so I gave it to the neighbor.

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About Amanda Thomsen

Big, loud and fun- Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, on Horticulture magazine's website has alienated/enraptured dozens. She co-authors a blog called Plants That Suck that is about plants that suck. And she is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

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