I found this beautiful yellow flower cluster in a small empty grassy lot...

Asked June 20, 2013, 12:30 AM EDT

I found this beautiful yellow flower cluster in a small empty grassy lot behind a 7/11, Complete with bug. I think the flowers are on some sort of bush. Can you tell me what they are?

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

The tree in your photo is a smooth sumac, Rhus glabra. It is not poison sumac, but is a weedy tree that is frequently introduced to roadsides and wastelands by birds. The creamy colored flowers will become red seed heads later in the summer.
LS