Poison sumac fascinates me. I have found about half a dozen small specimens back in the marshy portions of our yard, where they are welcome to stay. I’m still on the fence about the large one, however, since it is growing where people or pets on the rear lawn could accidentally come into contact with it. I’ve decided to give it until next winter to decide whether it gets killed or just trimmed. The birds enjoy the berries and during the summer use it as shelter from which to scope out the bird feeders. The foliage in the Autumn was a glorious red.
The picture below shows a cluster of the sumac's dried berries, which still decorate most of the branches. These berry clusters make the plant easy to identify in the winter.
I’ll undoubtedly write more about our toxicodendron conundrum in future posts.