Staghorn Sumac - why do fruits not stay on and ripen?

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  1. Deech1983

    Deech1983 New Member

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    I planted my Staghorn in hopes of getting the red fruit cones but every year they seem to start and then disappear. Any idea why? Thanks ahead of time!
     

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    vitog Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    I see that this species is dioecius; that means that there are separate male and female plants. So, you either have a male plant that will never bear fruit; or you have a female plant that isn't getting pollinated.
     
  3. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Esteemed Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    If you can post a close-up of the flowers when some of them open (should be about another week or so), we should be able to verify that this is a male.
     

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