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winter poison ivy shrub
November 13, 2019

There are two reasons that it is hard to know that THIS IS POISON IVY!

1. This is a not-so-common form of poison ivy: it is growing almost as a shrub, sending vines branches in all directions, looking for either sun or something to climb upon.

fall poison ivy on fence
October 27, 2019

Here is a fence around a yard where the poison ivy has gone bonkers and is having an autumn party.

Couple of things to note here:

1. The poiison ivy had been cut back to the level of the hedge during the summer but came roaring back.

Virginia Creeper vs Poison Ivy
October 21, 2019

On the left is a pretty example of Virginia creeper in the fall.

On the right is poison ivy.

In spite of how different they look, Virginia creeper is the number one plant that gets confused with poison ivy.

Here are the two clear ways to tell them apart:

poison ivy tree growth
October 8, 2019

Another example of poison ivy revealing itself in fall.

When poison ivy climbs a tree, it often sends out long horizontal branches that can be mistaken for the tree itself. But because poison ivy often turns color before the host tree, it is suddenly revealed, as in this case.