|Suckering, spreading, graceful, deciduous tree or shrub with velvety branches and shoots, resembling a deer's antler "in velvet". Female and more compact and gracefully spreading. Grows to 6 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Leaves are pinnate to 24 inches long, with 11 to 30 lance shaped dark, finely dissected, green leaflets turning brilliant red and orange in the fall. Flowers are yellow green and held in erect conical panicles, which are followed on female plants by a conical clusters of small round, crimson red, velvety fruit. Withstands both extreme heat and cold and grows in almost any soil. Native to eastern North America.