flower gardening

Why Staghorn Sumac is Called Staghorn Sumac

It’s a random name. We could call it The Leather Tree, or Tree of the Blue Flame, or Sourbush, but Staghorn it is, romantic as all get out, but why? Is it the flowers? Do they have a shaggy-staggy-look?

Or, is it the first spreading leaves in spring? Like antlers, growing with the season?

Or because it’s good deer cover?

Or because the drupes are shaggy and staggy? I heard a woman call them so just a week ago. She called these drupes stags. Makes sense.

Ah, but no.

It’s the antlers.

Stag horns, really.


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