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post #1 of 38 Old 09-08-2017, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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What is This Bush?

Any ideas? It's perennial, but not evergreen.

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post #2 of 38 Old 09-08-2017, 03:54 PM
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Re: What is This Bush?

Mike,
That is a Sumac! (https://www.google.com/search?q=suma...w=1366&bih=662)

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Re: What is This Bush?

Cool, thanks!

Lots of info here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumac

There's that one large clump on the corner of my property, mostly on my neighbor's side (in the woods separating our lawns). It likes to try and spread into my electric box area, which is a nuisance.

I really like the colors in the fall, maybe I'll try to transplant some of it to other areas of my yard.

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Unless you want it everywhere, start killing it now.
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It can get invasive...

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Re: What is This Bush?

Sumac is easy to control in the shady areas, it won't even try to grow on it's own from seed in a forest setting, but on the sunny edges, it will grow like crazy, that has been my experience with it.
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Re: What is This Bush?

I have sections of my property that could use a fast-growing screen. Most of those aren't sunny, though. This is in one of the sunnier areas.

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If you find any with white clusters, stay away from it:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxicodendron_vernix

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Haven't seen that, thankfully. I did remove a bunch of poison ivy in the early summer, though.

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Re: What is This Bush?

Here's another view. It's aggressive, but nothing I can't control if I want to. In the past, I've trimmed it away from the sidewalk, trimmed and dug up the roots in the mulch bed around the electric boxes, etc. Due for another cleanup.

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There are several varieties of sumac: the smooth you have, the furry Staghorn and a couple "frilly" Lacinatas.

The yellow one, Tiger Eyes, isn't supposed to sucker. Well, not as much...

Yes you can pay good money for these...or find a patch and thin it out.
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I have a Staghorn Sumac that grew to around 12 feet. It died back from some boring insect infestation so I cut it down to the stump and it pushed up new shoots. Yes, it does sucker from the roots that need to be cut back if you don't want it to spread.

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Re: What is This Bush?

Here are some more pics.

If you look closely, there's some other tree/bush in the middle of that large Sumac cluster (not my property, the border is basically the right side of the electric boxes).

The Sumac is spreading into my yard over there, but not into the woods.

There are some other interesting plants, maybe you guys can ID. Some seems like ground cover, but also grows to about knee or waist high out in the sun.

I really like the stuff in the second pic below (growing around the Sumac). It's got thinner, darker leaves which are very jagged. This is also perennial but not evergreen. It seems like ground cover at the edges of my lawn, but also grows to about knee or waist high out in the sun (looks like bushes to the right of the big Sumac in the first pic below).

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Here's a close up of the plant in question in my last post.

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Re: What is This Bush?

Two more pics.

The first is another close-up of the plant I'm questioning above (dark/jagged), seems to have a beige part (fruit?).

In the second and third pics, more of that plant, which seems to only grow along my lawn (outer edge of the woods), and behind that is something that grows wildly all through the woods, about knee high. It has more oval leaves.

Let's call Plant 1 the Sumac.

Plant 2 is the dark/jagged one around the Sumac, outer edge of the woods.

Plant 3 is the oval-leafed one, deeper in the woods.

Ideas?

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