Staghorn Sumac - Rhus typhina
Ranging from the Great Lakes across the Northeast and as far south as Tennessee, this is a 30-foot tree that grows in a variety of habitats, from rich to nutrient-poor sites. It behaves as a pioneering species alongside roads, at woodland edges, and open areas from sea level to 5,000 feet. The common name is derived from the branchlets which are very hairy and resemble a buck deer's horns. The crown is open, and the bark is scaly with age. The compound leaves are up to 2 feet in length. The flowers are tiny but the fruits showy in colorful conelike clusters.