Sumac: The Edible Wild Plant You (Wrongly) Thought Was Always Poisonous

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poison sumac growing tip...Here is the growing tip of a poison sumac tree. Notice how the end leaf has a little side-leaf. Some stalks have the little extra leaf, others don't.

poison sumac growing tip.Here is the growing tip of a poison sumac tree. Notice how the end leaf has a little side-leaf. Some stalks have the little extra leaf, others don't.

Rhus typhina - Stag's Horn Sumach | Mail Order Trees

dried "ripe" (turned red) leaves, raspberry-ish flavour, used in native smoking blends. DO NOT mistake poison sumac for this plant, it will kill you!

Do you know what poison sumac looks like?

Whether you're a curious hiker or nervous camper, leaf identification is a useful skill to have. Learn how to identify different types of non-poisonous and poisonous leaves, like poison sumac, sugar m (Camping Hacks Packing)

Poison Sumac Pictures

Consult these poison sumac pictures for identification purposes. My photos include closeups showing what the leaves, etc.

Sumac is a fall-foliage superstar. This type is harmless (it's *not* poison sumac, which is a different plant but also has great fall color). Discover the facts about sumac here, including some of the different types and its culinary uses: http://landscaping.about.com/cs/landscapecolor/a/sumac.htm

Sumacs: They're Not All Poisonous

Distinguish poison sumac trees from their harmless namesakes and consider the latter to create colorful fall foliage.

Throughout most of the range where poison sumac grows, three nonpoisonous species may also occur: smooth sumac, staghorn sumac, and dwarf sumac. Description from solutionsforyourlife.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

Plants with Poisons and Stingers - UF/IFAS Extension: Solutions .

Staghorn Sumac - Tree / shrubby plant similar to poison sumac - (www.poisonivy.us)

Staghorn Sumac - Tree / shrubby plant similar to poison sumac - (www.poisonivy.us)

Poison Sumac    (Toxicodendron vernix)        This small tree is very poisonous to touch. Some say that it is much more poisonous than Poison Ivy.

Poison Sumac (Toxicodendron vernix) This small tree is very poisonous to touch. Some say that it is much more poisonous than Poison Ivy. Holy shit I've got this all over my back fence :(

Beautify Your Landscape With a Sumac Tree

Beautify Your Landscape With a Sumac Tree

Poison Sumac (Toxicodendron vernix, Rhus vernix) leaf

Poison Sumac (Toxicodendron vernix, Rhus vernix) leaf

When to Prune Tiger Eyes Staghorn Sumac?

When to Prune Tiger Eyes Staghorn Sumac?

Although there are plenty of adequate moss killers available on the market, homemade moss killers can be just as effective. Moss is fairly harmless, but you may not want to see.

Sumac-- (Assyrian: "Sumaq" red-red shift-turning red, also spelled Sumach) is any one of about 35 species of flowering plants in the genus Rhus and related genera, in the family Anacardiaceae. Sumacs grow in subtropical and temperate regions throughout the world, especially in East Asia, Africa and N America.

SUMAC--Native Americans also use the leaves and drupes of the smooth and staghorn sumacs combined with tobacco in traditional smoking mixtures.

Sumac trees spread their wings on Staten Island.

Urban Forager

Sumac, the ubiquitous and opportunistic urban weed tree, makes a zesty late-summer beverage.

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