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

We don't need no water, let the Staghorn Sumac burn!

Bad to the phloem!
Burn, Staghorn Suma, Burn!

Burn, Staghorn Suma, 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.