Sign of Autumn

The summer heats are scorching but already there are great swings between hot days and cool evenings.  I noticed this Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) today, protruding from the greenery of the main plant.  Sumac has always made me think of autumn, as have the emergence of orange, red, and brown collared foliage.  I love the furriness of sumac, although it can be terribly invasive.

Staghorn sumac is a sign that fall is coming.

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