Poison Ivy Stands Out

poison ivy in fall

In spite of its generally tough-guy attitude, poison ivy is one of the first plants to give up and turn colors in the fall. Which makes early fall a great time to look for it. Often you can find trees, walls, or the ground itself covered with bright red, orange and yellow leaves. You have to look closer, because Virginia creeper also turn red early in the fall. But if you see a spectacular display of fall color along the roadside there is a good chance you have discovered a poison ivy vine showing off its fall color before the other plants and trees get around to it.

And while the plant oil starts to withdraw from the leaves into the vines and roots in the fall, there is always more than enough oil in those red leaves to ruin your appreciation for fall color.