Thursday October 16th 2008, 1:29 pm

The leaves of the sumac tree in autumn

For most of the year sumac trees are a pain in the garden as they send out runners all over the place that then grow into more trees. When you need to remove them it takes a considerable amount of digging to be sure you are rid of them. They do have a moment of glory though, when the leaves start to turn and you see them in their autumnal colour. That time is right now, so best enjoy them while you can.

The leaves of the sumac tree look amazing in the autumn.

I work on an Indian reservation in Western New York State. The sumac is important in the culture. Way back when, the people lived in longhouses. One of the favorite beverages was made with the sumac cones. I’m told the brew tastes like lemonaid. Nowadays it is made only once in a while, usually for cultural demonstrations. Your blog is great, I’ll be back for a visit soon!

Comment by Mary Ellen 11.03.08 @ 1:51 pm