I was pleasantly surprised recently to discover that Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) is native to my part of the world. There’s so much of it around here I just assumed it, like all the despicable buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), was introduced. The University of Guelph can provide a lot of information about this small tree, and it has a lot of positive traits, including providing food for birds. My favourite thing about Sumac is the leaf colour in autumn and how the flowers turn and stay such a brilliant scarlet all winter. It realy is nature’s perfect antidote to an otherwise grey and white season.