About the Sumac -
The Flameleaf Sumac, Rhus copallina, is a shrub
or occasionally a small tree. When left alone it
will often form thickets. It is widespread in open
uplands along fence rows and in waste places. It is
a prolific sprouter after a fire.
Leaves have a winged axis and turn flame red to
dark purple in the fall, hence the common name.
Fruit matures in late summer remaining attached into
winter and is eaten by many species of birds and
white-tailed deer. White-tailed deer also use it as