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Toxicodendron pubescens

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toks-ee-ko-DEN-dron pew-BES-ens
This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Poison oak is an erect shrub, not a climbing vine like its cousin Poison Ivy. They tend to grow in drier areas than Poison Ivy as well. It can be identified by its alternate leaves, divided into 3 leaflets, each shallowly lobed like an oak leaf. The flowers are small in axillary clusters, the fruit a hairy, yellow drupe.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#shrub#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#shrub#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Toxicodendron
    Species:
    pubescens
    Family:
    Anacardiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North Carolina, USA
    Distribution:
    Forest or natural area in woods, thickets, dry areas; weedy in disturbed areas in dry, sandy fields.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Shrub
  • Cultural Conditions:
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Description:
    A hairy, yellow drupe.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Insignificant
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Small in axillary clusters.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Trifoliate leaves, each leaflet lobed like an oak leaf. Tends to be hairier along the stems and midrib than Poison Ivy.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Problems:
    Contact Dermatitis
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    Skin redness, itching, swelling and blisters.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Urishiol
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Sap/Juice
    Seeds
    Stems