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Friday, September 18, 2009

Shining Sumac in Bloom

shining winged sumac

Remember when I showed you the three kinds of sumac in my "kindgom?" They were Staghorn, Smooth, and Shining (or Winged). But only two of them were blooming then.

The Shining (Winged) Sumac has shiny, winged leaves, duh! You can see better pictures of the leaves at the earlier post (link below). But now they have their blooms too. It may be later than usual because everything about my patch of Shining Sumac is late this year. Last winter the deer ate the tops off of almost every one of these young trees. They didn't get leaves until June!

shining winged sumac bloom

See Sumac Times Three

6 comments:

Icy BC said...

It's gorgeous to look at, especially at this time of the year when the weather is getting colder.

Salitype said...

it looks refreshing! looks like a sturdy tree.

rainfield61 said...

It looks like you are now in the tropics.

Ratty said...

I'm learning more now. The sumac that I know about all have red blooms. It's hard to remember the names of all of these plants, but they are beginning to stick.

betchai said...

it looks similar to some of our plants here, but i do not know the name :)

i love the shining leaves, looks very healthy.

Sharkbytes said...

Hi Icy- It is nice to look at. In some places it's actually planted as an ornamental. But it is just growing wild in my field.

Tes- All the sumacs are not really too sturdy. They are soft and easily knocked down, but I like that word "refreshing." It really does feel that way to me when I walk by them.

Rainfield- Oh, that's interesting! Is there a tropical tree that looks similar? Maybe it is related.

Hi Ratty- The one with the red blooms is the staghorn sumac... very common, but lots of smooth sumac on your side of the state too.

betchai- I wonder... I don't know beans about western plants, but surely there are some kinds of sumac there. Maybe Julia will pop in and tell us.

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