Not Poison Sumac!

Colorful fall sumac

Staghorn sumac is as common as poison ivy; seen along almost all highways in the northeast. In the fall, it comes up with some of the most spectacular fall colors.

But it "ain't" poison sumac, which grow ONLY in very wet areas, often with roots in the water. Staghorn has the lovely, lush red berry stalks, while poison sumac has just some sprinkles of white or tan berries. Staghorn has serrated leaf edges; poison sumac leaf edges are not. Enjoy staghorn: you can even make tea from the red berries.