Sumac branches sway in gentle breeze
Sumac shrubs or small trees grow along country roads in New York State, and even in the midst of towns where the weeds aren’t kept cut back faithfully. I think some kinds of sumac are poisonous, but most of what grows around my area is the non-poisonous kind. At this time of year, the bushes produce a tall spike of fuzzy flowers called panicles, a sign of coming autumn. Later, they will mature into berries which are eaten by birds and some animals, and spread near and far.
Sumac, beside a country road in New York State, USA
I like to find more information on my subjects when possible, and about sumac, I found:
The word sumac traces its etymology from Old French sumac (13th century), from Mediaeval Latin sumach, from Arabic summāq (سماق), from Syriac summāq (ܣܘܡܩ)- meaning “red.”
As you can see in my photo, the “flowers” are quite red.
More information on sumac may be four HERE