Monday, June 17, 2013

Tricked...or not?

A native flameleaf sumac? Or...HORRORS...a nandina?
Last fall, James spotted what he thought might be a flameleaf sumac growing at the edge of our front cement porch. So he dug it up, and I've been nurturing the mystery sapling in a plastic pot. Here lately, I've been suspecting that maybe it's a poser. As invasive nandina (Nandina domestica). Major YUCK. They grow in the neighborhood, both invited and as a volunteer. I walked across the street this evening and took some leaf close-ups on a volunteer nandina that's growing in a field. 

I've pulled up leaf images of both plants and am still scratching my head. But I'm back to thinking that I'm tending a flameleaf sumac. I SURE HOPE SO! But then I look at more leaf images and conclude NAW, IT'S NANDINA!

Guess I'll think about this dilemma another day....

Nandina branch

1 comment:

Marilyn Kircus said...

My best guess is Nandina. There are some good pictures of flame-leaf sumac here:

But you have lots of time to figure it out before the plant is producing seeds. And the wings should start showing up soon if it's flame-leaf sumac.

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