Fall revisited, and a bit more on Winged Sumac

First let me demystify the Winged part of Winged Sumac.

Winged Sumac gets its name from the “wings” that grow along the shaft of its composite leaf.

Here in the closeup is one composite leaf.   For those who may not know, a composite leaf is made up of several leaflets attached to a central stem.  In this young specimen the stem is attached to the main stalk of the plant.

Notice the growth along the shaft?  Those are its wings!  😉


Now for a few more photos of Autumn before it is all gone for 2012

     This was taken at the end of the day with an overcast sky.

So beautiful!



Note:  Want to know more about Sumac?  Then check out these informative sites!

How we can utilize the plant…

And how nature and wildlife utilize use the plant…

33 thoughts on “Fall revisited, and a bit more on Winged Sumac

    • pixilated2 says:

      I had always wondered what that mystery ingredient was and where to find it… I never realized it was growing in every ditch-bank around me for miles! I am excited to harvest the seeds next year and grind them for cooking. 😉

    • pixilated2 says:

      Thanks, Patti! Coming from dry and hot Southern California I am amazed every fall at all the colors around me. LOL, and every year I think it is better and brighter than the previous season. I am sure that is not so, but the novelty of it all excites me every time!

  1. Steve Schwartzman says:

    I’m glad to see you’re flying high with winged sumac, which looks pretty similar to the prairie flameleaf sumac (Rhus lanceolata) that we have in central Texas. Except for a few stray leaflets, ours are still weeks away from putting on their show, one that I’ve come to look forward to near the end of each year in a region not rich in large-scale autumn color.

    • pixilated2 says:

      Yes, the sumac does have brilliant color! I had mentioned wanting sumac in my garden a couple of times on your site, and so was delighted when it volunteered along the back fence this year. While we don’t share all the same lovely plants that you have in Texas, I am nonetheless excited when your hard work helps me to ID the plants in the wild here in Alabama. Thanks, Steve!

    • pixilated2 says:

      Claire, each day, so far, I have imagined that they couldn’t get any better, and yet the do! The winds came and decimated the first to turn, but then each week something new contributed to the beauty around me. There are still things that are turning, but not done yet! Amazingly, even my blueberries are turning scarlet. They are the very slowest so far.

  2. victoriaaphotography says:

    Thanks for sharing that photo of the Sumac – never seen anything like those ‘wings’.
    Lovely images of Autumn colour too.

    • pixilated2 says:

      Thank you , Victoria! Be sure to follow the link that Shoreacres put in her comment. Surprisingly, there are a lot of plants, seeds and fruits with ‘wings,’ at least here in the states. Perhaps your flora developed differently in Australia? I am thinking that I remember a few Eucalyptus seeds that were winged, and perhaps even a few leaves, but I could be wrong.

  3. shoreacres says:

    Ah… there’s the answer on the sumac “wings”. And lookie here! Lots of things are described as “winged” – even the fruit of our beloved pecan! And frostweed – one of my favorites. I’m not sure the linked frostweed is the same as ours, but that’s easy enough to check out.

    Something else learned – the day’s a success!

  4. Cindy Kilpatrick says:

    This is not a tree that grows here, but if I ever do see it, I hope I remember learning here where the name comes from, and that I think to look closely. Enjoyed your wonderful autumn images very much.

    • pixilated2 says:

      Lori, I am amazed at what animals can eat, apparently, with no deleterious effects. I also know that goats can eat the stuff and it does not hurt them, yet English ivy will kill them! Go figure…

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