Staghorn Sumac (Rhus hirta, Rhus typhina) is an absolute blessing to humanity and all life and has a wide range of uses from craft to beekeeping, from herbal to edible. It is a low shrub that usually grows to about 10-15 feet tall and can be trained into a small specimen tree. The Staghorn Sumac is a delightful tree that sometimes often gets a bad rap because people mistake it for Poison Sumac (Toxicodendron vernix). While the two do have similar looking leaves, the open cluster of white berries on the poison sumac is a way to tell the two apart. The foliage turns a brilliant red in autumn for a showy display. The berries are high in Vitamin C and have incredible amounts of antioxidants, making them a wonderful healthful food. Young shoots of Rhus typhina can be peeled and eaten raw, steamed, boiled or roasted. It tastes mild, quite like asparagus and can be added to soups, stews or stir-fries. Rhus hirta has been traditionally used by many tribes of North American Indians, as a medicinal plant for many common ailments. Zones 4-8.