firsts: sumac…you sucker


Looking pretty good here, where it has, at long last, taken on some fall color. Still, it totally fails to live up to my expectations, and stands as an example of what can happen when one fails to research with Latin names in hand. A sumac in our back yard was a fond childhood memory. It put on a spectacular show each fall, and the fuzzy, antlerish branches were endearing. I found this one at Recycled Gardens for $4 with no ID other than Rhus. As far as I can tell, it must be Rhus trilobata, or ‘Skunkbush’. In other words, it displays all of the drawbacks (suckering, smelly, no fuzz) and little of the charm I sought. Lesson learned? I hope so.

4 thoughts on “firsts: sumac…you sucker

  1. Hi Ricki~~ I would have bought it. Except for the smelly part. Maybe it keeps the deer away? I have to say the leaf coloring is nice. Maybe not as dramatic as its cousins. YET. One must remain optimistic. If you decide you don’t want it you could always dig it up and donate it to Recycled Gardens and give someone else a stab at it. 🙂

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