I am in zone 8 and would like to transplant staghorn sumac to my area. Since the plant usually lives north of where I am, I want to make sure I plant it in a ideal location to give it the best chance. Where should I plant it?
It grows well in Central Oklahoma, and where I usually see it is along roadsides in elevated disturbed areas. So, say, on the high side of the road, with some slope/drainage down toward the road ditch, in a place where there aren't many nearby trees to shade it. In such places it grows into substantial thickets, maybe twenty or thirty feet long and a dozen feet deep.
From this I'm going to deduce that it wants well-drained feet and lots of sunshine.
allen lumley wrote:Benton Lewis : Truly my memory is not that good, its been 40+ years since I was on the Southern Appalachian Trail but I found maps showing the range of Staghorn Sumac
Down into the 3 corner area of N.C., Ga., and Ten. and this matches my memories this was a moderate elevation -though I doubt my body would think so today !
So I certainly think that you probably would be ultimately successful !
Now come the question ? WHY , up here in new york state sumac ( often pronounced shoe- mac here ) is a weed tree or bush that has taken over vacant lands-
Just curious it might look nice if planted close to a wall you wanted to hide - bur please share your plans it would be interesting to know - why-
For the Good of the Crafts ! Big AL
I love the taste of the acid on the sumac berries. They are high in vitamin C. You can drop them in your drink to flavor it or just put them raw in your mouth. After a rain, the acid is washed off so you have to wait till it regenerates the acid before harvesting. Look up its health benefits and how to store it.
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