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Rhus typhina L.
staghorn sumac
Anacardiaceae (Sumac family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

© Frank Lomer  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #27750)

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This cultivated eastern North American shrubby tree rarely escapes along railroad tracks, shrubby borders and soil dumps in Vancouver (Lomer 6143 @ UBC) and Victoria (Melburn s.n. @ V) and elsewhere, but is not truly established.

Note Author: Frank Lomer, Research Associate, University of British Columbia Herbarium.

Additional Notes

"Although closely related to poison ivy, this attractive small tree from the eastern North American deciduous forests is not at all poisonous to the touch and is a pleasant addition to the garden throughout the year. Large pinnately-compound leaves with marginal teeth and a glossy upper surface are attractively dark-green in summer..." (Straley 1992).

Strayely, Gerald B. 1992. Trees of Vancouver. A guide to common and unusual trees of the city. UBC Press, Vancouver.

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