Winter Tree Monster

poison ivy winter tree

Here is a pretty scary image of a poison ivy vine "exploding" at the top of a dead tree.

When the vine can't find anything else to climb on it starts reaching in all directions, either for another climbing surface or for sun.

In the winter it would be easy not to spot this as poison ivy. The hairy vine lower on the tree should be a good warning, if you can get close enough to see it.

If you cut this down for firewood, climbed it, or leaned on it, your winter season could take on a whole, new, and nasty direction.

Honestly, if you are not sure about a growth like this, testing the vines or branches with our SeeLeaf test kit is the surest way to know if it is poison ivy (or out west, Pacific poison oak.)