African Sumac - cutting and storing

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Forum topic by WaterMonkey posted 03-16-2012 04:29 PM 2386 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2012 04:29 PM

I have two African Sumacs on my backyard hillside. Through annual prunings I often end of with a couple of logs around 4” dia and about 24” long. I am thinking about saving them and storing them for later wood projects.

What is the best way to store the logs to dry?

I live in southern California.


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#1 posted 03-16-2012 05:33 PM

De-bark and coat the ends so drying will slow down. Isn’t sumac an irritant?


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#2 posted 03-16-2012 07:25 PM

I’ve only heard of sumac as in “poison sumac” so I would research that wood before using it. The wood and dust could be toxic and cause problems you don’t want to deal with. Better to be safe than sorry!

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#3 posted 03-17-2012 12:15 AM

There is a couple different sumacs and some are supposed to be a pretty wood but very soft. There was one that filled my yard every summer with saplings but it was in the neighbor’s yard so I couldn’t cut it down.

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#4 posted 03-17-2012 12:29 AM

Poison sumac has white drupes (berries). If the drupes are red, they can be made into a tea or dried and ground into a lemony tasting spice that’s used in Mediterranean and North African dishes.

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