January 9, 2011

Staghorn Sumac: A Sentinel of Winter

Staghorn Sumac (Photo: Bill Moses) Staghorn Sumac (Photo: Bill Moses)

Holding onto its familiar fuzzy red berries throughout the winter, Rhus typhina is a significant shrub on the winter landscape in Ontario and eastern Canada. Part of the cashew family, Staghorn Sumac is an important winter food source (high in vitamin C) for foxes, squirrels, cottontail rabbits, white-tailed deer and a number of bird species while being an emergency winter food for about 300 species of songbirds. This shrub which favours upland sites is drought and salt tolerant and grows in a range of soil types including gravel, reaching up to 8 m high.

Find out more about Staghorn Sumac and other native shrubs from Evergreen's Native Plant Database.


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