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Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Staghorn Sumac

Tree-fetish Tuesday #26

Rhus typhina - Staghorn Sumac
This is an exotic looking little tree, growing in gardens all over England. It originates from eastern north America. The fuzzy, red drupes have a taste rather like sherbet, and can be used to make a kind of pink lemonade.

They are also very useful for dyers - yielding several different pigments and a mordant as well.

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