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Attractive, spreading small deciduous tree hardy in Zones 3-8. The new stem growth is covered in a reddish brown pubescence reminiscent of the new horns on a male deer, hence the name. As the stems mature the bark turns grey and are smooth in texture.

Rapid growth rate can grow two feet or more per season, reaching heights of 15-25′ in the landscape situation and will grow taller in native locations.

The Staghorn Sumac is readily adapted to a wide variety of soil types, but does best in well drained areas. Once it is established it can tolerate very dry sites and is often found in a rather nutrient deprived locations. Care must be taken in selecting a planting site as this species spreads from the roots and may quickly overtake a site. Excellent for holding soils on steep slopes. Native to North America.

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