How to identify poison oak, poison ivy and poison sumac plants
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Poison oak is a low bush that stands at only 3 feet, mainly in the East and South part of the United States. The leaf includes three different pieces, starting with a stem connected to the main leaf that is longer than the other stems with the other leafs. A noticeable part of the poison oak is how it is similarly structured like the oak leaf, mostly with its rounded edges and fuzz on the surface. The main leaf is curved on both edges, but the other two lateral leafs are not.
Poison sumac is a tree that can grow as high as 30 feet and can be found in the East. The poisonous section is made from 7 to 13 leafs; each leaf is about 2 to 3 inches long and are shaped as a rectangle with sharped tips and jagged edges with a smooth feel to it. Its stem is notably red, while, during the spring, the leaves changes to orange, then green in the summer, and then a combo of orange-red when its autumn.
Poison ivy can be discovered everywhere in the mainland and has the same identity as poison oak’s tri-leaf. The plant is usually a bush that can grow as high as 5-feet, or as a vine that can twirl on trees, fences, and walls up to 150 feet. The leaves are seen with a smooth edge, different from poison oak. Leaves grow with a certain shade of red in the spring, then, becomes a darkened shade of green, and finally, a combination shade of red and purple before dying.
They have a sticky, long-lasting oil called urushiol that causes an itchy, blistering rash after it touches your skin. Even slight contact, like brushing up against the leaves, can leave the oil behind. Poison ivy and poison oak grow as vines or shrubs. Poison sumac is a shrub or tree.
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