Poison Ivy Pretending to Be Part of a Tree

poison ivy and trees

My last blog post was about how poison ivy sometimes reveals itself with fall color. Here is a weird one where poison ivy is "pretending" to be part of a tree.

These trees are turning a lovely fall yellow, while the yellow leaves near the ground are NOT part of the tree: they are poison ivy growing up the trunks! I boxed the poison ivy with pink outlines to make it clear where the trees are both hosts to climbing poison ivy vines.

(By the way, I have stopped alerting homeowners about these disaster growing on their land and houses. The last one I notified got very upset with me, accused me of all sorts of things, and told me tearfully that that vine was one she got from her dear dead mother, and has kept it growing for all these years. Okay, lady, whatever you say.)