Thursday, October 9, 2008

Some sumac.

In one of the more out-of-the way corners of Paulik Park in Richmond, closer to the Ash Street side, is a clump of sumac busting out in fall colour.


Sumac is not native to the coast, but is a familar roadside sight over much of North America (smooth sumac, Rhus glabra, and the similar-looking staghorn sumac, Rhus typhina).


This clump grows in what was someone's backyard and is now part of the park (which is still growing as old houses are knocked down and replaced with yet more park space--a nice bucking of the usual trend).

The leaves have a long way to go, will eventally become solidly crimson. After they fall, the clusters of berries will linger on. Thanks to whoever planted this. Reminds me of home.

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