Silent Sunday – Staghorn Sumac

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Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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88 Responses to Silent Sunday – Staghorn Sumac

  1. sandyjwhite says:

    So pretty. Love that orange!

  2. Anne says:

    The subtle blend of these vivid colours is beautiful, Eliza.

  3. Dee Min says:

    Lovely colors!!! Fall 🍂

  4. cindy knoke says:

    Beautiful. I miss this.

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  6. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Perfect autumn colour:)

  7. Nice picture, Eliza! I love the autumn shades of rust and burnt orange. 🍂

  8. In a hungry winter, rabbits tend to eat the bark of young sumac; I’m glad they send up shoots so readily just so we can get these amazing fall colours.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      They do sucker readily and I crop a lot every summer to keep this patch in my yard from taking over. I never mind losing a trunk or two to age (all of 5 years, ha!).
      The birds have already been harvesting the seeds. I find it a valuable native.

  9. Your two photos match perfectly! Hello, fall.

  10. Beautiful. Looking forward to leaves changing here. They’re very late this year. The temps have been too warm for too long. Hoping it will change this week with cooler temps. Thank you for this lovely photo of color to remind me of what is coming! 🍂

  11. Gorgeous splash of autumn!

  12. Alice says:

    The g l o r i o u s hues of Autumn.

  13. Maria says:

    Amazing fall colours. We’ve had more yellow than red this fall. Is there a scientific reason why some years it’s more red/orange and other years the same trees are mostly yellow? Does it have to do with temperature changes?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you. Good question. There are different factors that could affect fall color. One is the type of tree and what pigments are dominant. Birch and aspen tend to be more yellow with a touch of orange. Maples tend toward red and orange, but Norway maples for instance, are predominantly yellow. Ash range from yellow to purple. Amount of water, abundant or not, number of sunny days and temperatures all play a part. Best years have ample summer rain, lots of sunny, dry days, particularly in late summer, and cool nights followed by warm days yield the best color.

  14. utahan15 says:

    quite nice
    ty very much~

  15. LightWriters says:

    Glorious! 🤩🥰😍

  16. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    Glorious Sumac Eliza! 🧡 xxx

  17. Dale says:

    Did not know it was called Staghorn sumac (took me forever to find out it was called sumac in the first place). I love how these are the first to burst into colour and they are so flamboyant! Love this!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Dale! Glad you liked the shot. There are three kinds of sumac in the northeast (staghorn, winged & poison) that I am aware of, but staghorn seems to be the most prolific. A favorite native of mine. 🙂

      • Dale says:

        Is it the one that spreads like a weed? I’m thinking that’s the same kind as I see all over the place, here.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Most likely, it is the same. It spreads by seed and also stolons, so one needs to keep on top of it, or have enough space to host it. Most folks won’t tolerate it in their yard, but I’ve always loved having it in the wild edges.

      • Dale says:

        I remember when my former neighbour planted five of them… I though oh boy! Does he not know what he has done? 🙂 I love them in wild places 🙂

  18. Tina says:

    Beautiful photo, Eliza. There is a sumac here, Flameleaf Sumac (Rhus lanceolata) that has brilliant reds/oranges in fall, though later than yours. https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=rhla3

  19. Debbie says:

    This isn’t the poisonous kind, is it, Eliza?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      No, staghorn is the fuzzy stemmed one and is quite benign. Poison sumac has white berries (not red) and is smooth stemmed. It tends to grow in swampy areas, luckily places we’re not likely to go.

  20. Gorgeous color! I love the way sumac is barely noticeable until fall, then ta daaa!

  21. Kris P says:

    Your fall color is wonderful. There’s no fall color to speak of here as yet.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Kris. There is still a fair amount of color here, but our peak was last week. Rain and wind Fri. and Sat. made short work of a lot of the leaves. The time passes so quickly!

  22. So pretty, autumn’s banners 😊

  23. Irene says:

    Beautiful colors. 😊

  24. Sumac really prettys up the landscape. I’ve always considered but have yet to make sumacade. Have you?

  25. Sumac can have the most beautiful shade of red. NICE!

  26. livblumer says:

    The show is definitely not over yet!

  27. pbmgarden says:

    Perfect photo, Eliza! Not much color here yet.

  28. Did you make your tea from it yet? Beautiful tree, reminds a little bit of a (common name) Chinese Pistachio out here.

  29. Brian Skeys says:

    I have this tree in my garden, it is a favourite especially this time of year.

  30. Where sumc goes, so goes autumn.

  31. Jane Lurie says:

    Nature’s colors are amazing! ❤️

  32. Bela Johnson says:

    And saw it with our own eyes this year! Beautiful.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Bela. So you made the trip north or did you have some close to you?

      • Bela Johnson says:

        Traveled from NM to VT, down to VA and NC, then home again. Took a month. SO OOOOO OO glad to be back to some sanity! The roads of this nation are ridiculously crowded, compared to 20 yrs ago when we last made that journey. Told everyone now it’s your time to come see Us! Not doing that again by car, anyway.

        To answer your question, (!!)Vt was lovely. We do miss New England. But not enough to move back 😉 xo

      • Eliza Waters says:

        So close, you drove right by me, too bad I missed you! But granted, a pandemic makes for challenges beyond the normal scope. Interesting about the crowded highways… I’ve come to the same conclusion. The crowds make me nuts. 😉

      • Bela Johnson says:

        Omg. I would’ve love to have seen you, truly. It didn’t occur to me simply because we only had so much time to visit loved ones we had not seen in nearly 20 years. Between those visits and driving, it pretty much did us in. Still recovering. But you would always be welcomed here on the ranch! 💕

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