Nature Walk: Smooth Sumac

By Taylor on October 21, 2013 in Blog


Smooth Sumac is a tree shrub that often grows on the edges of woodlands, in clearings and in abandoned fields. The plant is often overlooked when the leaves are green . However, in the fall smooth sumac captures attention because of its brilliant red coloring. This species adds to beautiful fall foliage, but it can become weedy, or invasive, in some habitats when it is not properly managed.

Has smooth sumac caught your eye this fall? Do you know how to best manage this species so you can enjoy its brilliant red coloring? For more information on this colorful yet sometimes troublesome species, visit the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service website.

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