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.
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