Sumac Tree Seeds, Staghorn
(Rhus typhina) Deciduous. Zones 3-8.
Staghorn Sumac is an exotic looking shrub that is both ornamental and wonderfully beneficial to animals and people. It is named for its thick, velvety branches that resemble the antlers of a male deer, or stag.
It has lovely ornamental features, from its velvet red-brown fruiting clusters, sculptural branches, serrated leaflets, and stunning scarlet-orange fall foliage. It grows quite large - up to 6 metres.
The fruits of the Staghorn Sumac are crimson and juicy when mature, and encapsulated by soft, sticky, velvety red-brown clusters at the tip of the twigs. Sumac berries have a zingy lemon taste when harvested in late summer or early Fall. Steeped, they make a refreshing drink. Add a few ice cubes and you've got yourselve wild pink lemonade! This deliciuous concoction also doubles as a soothing gargle for sore throats.
Staghorn Sumac has a forked and spreading trunk and will form thickets in the wild by self-seeding and suckering, providing excellent cover for wildlife and birds. It is a source of food for young butterflies, and nectar for bees and other beneficial insects.
The Sumac leaves and fruit were traditionally boiled down to make ink, and dried, aromatic leaves were used for smoking. The roots can be made into teas that help stop bleeding and the sap has been used as a treatment for warts. The bark, leaves, and fruit are all rich in tannin and can be used for tanning leather. Fresh sumac stems have been used in basket weaving.
Easily grown in average, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade, Staghorn Sumac will establish in a wide variety of locations, though it is best suited for dry, naturalized areas where it can be allowed to spread. Excellent for erosion control or hard to cover areas with poorer soils.
**70-90% germination** Staghorn Sumac seed requires a scarification prior to sowing Sumac requires 60-90 days of cold stratification.
Available direct from Incredible Seeds, a Canadian Heirloom and Heritage Seed Company, offering only the best natural, non-GMO, open pollinated and untreated seeds, located in Nova Scotia, Canada.