Shining Sumac (Rhus copallinum) sapling
Young tree/shrub growing at a disturbed oak-hickory-forest edge.
This might seem like a boring, insignificant plant--but I'm very excited to see it on my land. We just recently started to lay down some ground cover (and soon will be planting native seeds and plants/trees) in order to rehab the areas that we disturbed whilst making our driveway and housepad. I'm not sure if my instincts are improving when it comes to plants and their habitats, but this species was on my wishlist for trees I wanted in this EXACT location. I was holding out until fall to purchase any as they are best planted in the dormant season (autumn). This week, I decided to see what plants had decided to pop up under the hay groundcover that we spread in late winter, and I was surprised by 4 of these beauties in the locations in which I had hoped to plant! I am thrilled!
''Rhus copallinum'' , the winged sumac, shining sumac, dwarf sumac or flameleaf sumac, is a species of flowering plant in the cashew family that is native to eastern North America. It is a deciduous tree growing to 3.5–5.5 metres tall and an equal spread with a rounded crown. A 5-year-old sapling will stand about 2.5 metres .