Sumacs

By William T. Hathaway

Sumacs

Although Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) is often mentioned in older literary works, it is quite rare in Pittsylvania County. The Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra) is common throughout Pittsylvania; it seems that Staghorn Sumac is confined to the top of Smith Mountain — this has been my observation over the years as an amateur botanist. Some of the local old-timers refer to sumac plants as “shoemake.” Fortunately, the Poison Sumac (Rhus vernix) has not been reported as part of our Pittsylvania County flora.


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