Staghorn Sumac is a native species in the upper midwest. It is a large shrub that spreads by root suckers to form large thickets from a single plant. It is a coarse, sparsely branched plant with attractive pinnately compound leaves. Current year stems are very fuzzy on Staghorn Sumac. When root suckers are eliminated, the plant can be grown as a loose, round headed, small tree with a single trunk. Upright panicles of reddish-brown fruit are formed at the tips of branches of pistillate plants and remain on all winter, providing interest. Foliage develops excellent fall coloration, ranging from orange, bright red to maroon. Can be used for holding steep slopes, or massing in areas where other plants will not grow.