Not to be confused with poison sumac, Staghorn Sumac, scientifically known as Rhus typhina, is an exotic looking but very hardy North American native tree with a tropical look and feel that gets its name from the reddish-brown hairs that cover the young branchlets in somewhat the same way that velvet covers the horns of a stag (male deer). It can be grown as far north as USDA Zone 3a and south to 8b. The largest growing of the North American sumacs from 15 to 25 feet tall and equally as wide, it can be grown as a very large shrub or more desirably as a highly attractive small tree, which is easily accomplished simply be removing lower branches. Though not a tropical plant, the large, compound, pinnate leaves up to 24 inches long with 13 to 27 toothed leaflets bring a look of the tropics to the landscape. The leaves are green through the warm season but then turn vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow in the fall. Showy, upward facing, panicles of chartreuse colored flowers appear in summer. Female plants produce red fruit clusters that are also attractive. Get all the details below!