Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Deciduous shrub/tree, 15-20 ft (4.5-6 m), open spreading, picturesque. New growth, stout velvety stems (the "staghorn"). Stem thick and pubescent, generally lacks terminal bud. Lateral buds nearly surrounded by C-shaped leaf scars. Leaves alternate, compound (pinnate), 30-60 cm long, 13-27 leaflets, each 5-13 cm long, serrated, pointed. Summer foliage dark green, but yellow-orange and scarlet in fall. Dioecious - male and female plants, fruit closely packed in a dense hairy panicle.
- Sun. Prefers well drained soil. Tolerates dry soil. Rejuvenate by cutting to the ground.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 3 Native range from Quebec to Ontario, south to Georgia, Indiana, and Iowa.
- A popular selection used in landscaping is the "cut-leaflet" cultivar, 'Laciniata'.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: east end of Dearborn Hall in the "courtyard" parking lot, off Monroe Ave.