Red things are falling on the ground, and they aren’t apples in our woods!
Any guesses for what this is? Leave me–Hickory–a note in the comments and I’ll be back later to check your guesses!
Maybe you humans would have recognized this ‘drupe’ up on its tree?
If not, we squirrels will take that as your absolute dedication to knowing about us–because we don’t eat these! Staghorn Sumac, Rhus typhina, is eaten by many songbirds, game birds, deer, rabbits, chipmunks and rats. But we squirrels would rather stick with the good stuff, acorns.
Staghorn sumac has a tartness to it, so maybe those other animals don’t notice. Also, the trees are kind of skinny for a squirrel to be climbing and not very spread in the branching at the top.
Maybe because the big, compound leaves of the sumac seem to take the place of limbs.
Even if we don’t eat their fruits, sumacs are a pretty little tree that make especially thick groves, and turn beautiful red-oranges in the fall. Look for them in another month!