Poison ivy

(Toxicodendron radicans)
Leaves of three -- let it be!!

In front of you is a tree that appears to have oval leaves about 6 inches long. It looks like it is deciduous -- that means a tree that will lose its leaves in the fall. But no, this tree has needles. It is a white pine with poison ivy growing up its trunk.

If you see a plant with leaves growing in bunches of 3, it may be poison ivy. Don't touch it! Poison ivy can cause a terrible rash in people.

Poison ivy grows many ways. It can grow as short as only a few inches high along the ground, or it can climb 15 feet high by clinging to a tree.

See the roots growing up the trunk of a large tree? Don't touch the roots, not even in winter.

Click here to read about white pine trees

Pine tree with poison ivy

Poison ivy growing on the ground

Berries in summer
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