Saturday, October 03, 2015

Random Photo: Sumac Berries














6 comments:

PlantPostings said...

Aren't they beautiful? I was surprised to learn they're a critical food source for many birds, particularly for robins in the late winter and early spring. Here's a great article partially describing why: http://strib.mn/1FQ4Is9.

Heather said...

Beth: I love seeing the red of sumac leaves and bright berries this time of year -- and against the snows of winter. I did know they were a vital food source, thanks to guided walks at the arboretum, and have seen some birds at them along the bike path in winter months.

colleen said...

You wear it well, sumac!

Heather said...

Colleen: Lovely, isn't it?

Alice Audrey said...

Aren't Sumac leaves one of those that will make you itch? I'm not sure I'd want to get close to the berries.

Heather said...

Not the ones here. The smooth and staghorn variety are native to Wis, while poisonous sumac is native to the south.