In autumn, tourists often travel to regions where Sumac is prevalent to see the spectacular display. This is not surprising to me.
How many plants hold this many colors at one point in time?
We have a woody, scraggly Sumac bush on the side of our driveway. It overhangs the parking spot, and actually kind of gets in the way. We’ve cut it back several times. But I can’t bear to dig it out, because it’s simply beautiful.
In springtime, Sumac forms tiny green flowers, which give way later to large, pointy clusters of hairy berry-like, reddish brown fruits. They definitely provide winter interest, because the red clusters stay on the branches and offer dramatic contrast against white snow. I’ve used the fruit clusters in autumn and holiday floral arrangements, and they hold up for days.
But it’s the leaves that really enchant me.
Weedy and invasive it may be when not under control, but this native plant will always have a place in my garden.
*These definitions tend to change with time, and plants come in and out of favor. Personally, this has always been a favorite for me.