Fence Monster!

poison ivy on a fence

This photo was sent in by a viewer who wanted to know for sure if this monster was poison ivy.

The answer is... YES IT IS POISON IVY!!!

Actually, we had to look a bit closer to be sure. The very tall part does look like box elder, but the leaves branch off the main stem alternating left and right, whereas box elder branches off neatly, right across from each other.

This is what happens when climbing poison ivy reaches the top of its climbed object and starts reaching for what's next. Finding nothing, it almost has a temper tantrum, sending out branches to the heavens, looking for sunlight and something else to climb on.

You may hate poison ivy, but you have to respect a plant with this much drive.