For 3 years now I have wondered and wondered what shrub this could be. I'm not great at identification and always doubt whether I have made a correct identification or not. Most of what the girls and I have learnt about nature is due to following Barb's challenges.
It's the rich, flaming autumn colours that caught my eye initially. To be honest I have not noticed it over the winter, spring and summer months although I will be sure to do so from now on :), But in autumn the Sumac stands out as a shining star amongst it's fellow shrubs and trees.
So it was with much delight that courtesy of Barb's Sumac Study I have been able to identify this pretty shrub.
They are all over our neighbourhood, mostly in gardens. I have not seen any growing out in the woodlands or countryside. We popped out to our nearest neighboring garden who's Sumac grew along their boundary - we really don't want to be found in someones garden observing their plants - lol - we would be sure to be labelled as quite barmy and likely to get a flea in our ears :)
This particular Sumac had lost most of it's leaves, but others in the neighbourhood were still adorned in their glorious autumnal cloaks. We noticed the 'Stag-horn' effect of the branches, and loved the silhouette it created without it's leaves. It certainly makes quite a statement with and without it's autumnal splendour.
Our Sumac was loaded with the dried remains of it's summer flowers - no fruit for us to observe on our shrub. We were able to see the velvety branches and able to relate to both the 'Velvet Sumac' and the 'Stag-horn Sumac' names given in The Handbook of Nature Study.
We plucked a frond of leaves and a branch with flowers on it and headed home to make our journal entries.
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Thanks to Barb and the Outdoor Hour Challenge for another wonderful Study and for shedding light on my mystery tree :)