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Q.Sumac Type

Zone Muskegon, Michigan | Anonymous added on August 25, 2019 | Answered

We have what we believe is Sumac growing out of a scrub that we have had for over 10 years. We want to make sure it isn’t poison and if it isn’t can we re-transplant it in our yard. Picture attached. Thank You

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Answered on August 27, 2019

Yours looks more like the common sumac than the poison sumac to me. The description of the tobacco sumac resembles your picture. The poison sumac has wider leaves than your photo. Here are the comparisons:



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Answered on August 27, 2019

Sumac is great for large landscapes and native areas. However, most types spread via underground lateral roots (rhizomes) so they grow as a thick, dense clump of plants, not single specimens.

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