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    08 / 31 / 2014

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This volunteer is fast growing in full sun in my backyard garden. I would love to know if it has any wildlife value, is it native to Georgia,will it be invasive?It is about 3 feet tall at this point so I need to decide soon if it’s a keeper.


  • stone Master Identifier says:

    After checking some pictures… I’m thinking rhus glabra, smooth sumac.

    September 5th, 2014 at 9:03am

  • stone Master Identifier says:

    It looks like rhus typhina, a locally native type. Stag horn sumac has wildlife value, has good autumn colour, and has value as a human food. While sumacs have a spreading habit, it’s incorrect to call this desirable invasive. The invasive label is better suited to the plants that are out of place, with no natural controls. Sumac forms colonies, and when permitted to grow in a suitable area can be quite attractive.

    September 5th, 2014 at 9:22am

  • parityanimal Master Identifier says:

    Usually if a sumac volunteers, it’s invasive.

    September 4th, 2014 at 9:23am

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