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Alianthus for swamprose

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19th Oct 2006, 14:27  

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how sad is it that i recognised this as your shot from the roof of the house behind!

19th Oct 2006, 14:31

swamprose says:

that's not ailanthus!phew.It's sumac. Suckers like mad.Wants to rule the world, and turns a fabulous red in the fall just to show how great it really can be...nothing you can do about it except pull em up and mow em over or build a concrete trench around it.

19th Oct 2006, 14:31

the concrete trench thing dont work! i have one in a raised brick planter thing next to my patio and it still manages to creep its way down and through the paving slabs the bastard!

19th Oct 2006, 14:33

swamprose says:

I know, bmal. Nothing works. If you cut it off, it gets happy making more. clone war.

19th Oct 2006, 14:43

Gael says:

the young buds are so soft though, it's a beautiful, tactile plant

19th Oct 2006, 15:04

factotum says:

The North American Indians used to make Sumac tea. I've had it as a hot drink, but according to Euell Gibbons, they used to drink it cool as well.
"The hard fruit of the sumac is covered with tiny, acid red hairs. This is malic acid, the same acid found in unripe apples, and it is readily soluable in water. Try to gather your sumac before hard rains wash out most of the acid. The American Indians liked this cool, sour drink so well they used to gather large quantities of the heads when they were in their prime and dry them indoors, so they could make this beverage all winter. Once, our method of preparing it was to put the heads in a large container, cover them with water and pound and stir for ten minutes with a wooden pestle or potato masher. My son, disliking hard work in hot weather, invented a new process. He just dumped a basket of sumac heads into the washing machine, covered them with water and set the washer to run ten minutes, then caught the Rhus-ade in our big canning kettle as the washer pumped it out. Always strain this juice through several thicknesses of cloth to remove all the fine hairs. Sweetened to taste, it is quite palatable as lemonade"

If you think the idea of making sumac tea in your washing machine is horrifying, I'll just mention that a friend of mine who is a chef once worked in a Montreal restaurant where they "tenderized" octopi by putting them in a washing machine.

O.k. The 60s are over; time to put Stalking the Wild Asparagus back on the shelf for another 45 years.

19th Oct 2006, 15:34

paintist says:

they look very similar to me tho, I am still worried that if we go away for a couple of weeks holiday when we come home we will have to hack our way to the door....
My confusion is that my grandmother always called them 'tree of heaven...or 'angel tree.... now they are Sumac.....dont think I will be trying the tea Factotum....

19th Oct 2006, 15:44

factotumNLI says:

...didn't think so

19th Oct 2006, 17:53

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