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3 trees with poison ivy vines

This is a very common scene in the eastern half of the United States: roadside trees with poison ivy vines climbing up.

Poison ivy grows as a ground vine which will often start climbing up walls and trees, looking for more light.

TAGS: tree, roadside
June 15, 2020 - 5:18pm
poison ivy tree growth

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.

TAGS: tree, fall, auturmn
October 8, 2019 - 12:30pm
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.

TAGS: monster, tree, winter
January 2, 2019 - 6:09pm
poison ivy treetop

Poison ivy climbs a dead tree, looking for light. When it reaches the top, it spreads out in all directions, a sort of poison ivy explosion, looking for more light and for the next thing to climb upon.

August 3, 2018 - 10:19am
climbing poison ivy in fall

Here is another good example of poison ivy showing its fall colors. This impressive vine is climbing a tree and spreading out its branches over 6 feet in all directions.

October 20, 2016 - 1:10pm
poison ivy monster tree

I drove past this house today and noticed that the lovely front yard tree was totally covered in a monster wrapping of poison ivy. Took a quick snapshot, but I should go back and leave a note for them. This is a nightmare waiting to happen.

TAGS: tree, climbing
July 8, 2016 - 6:28pm
staghorn sumac

For some reason, people seem to get particularly steamed up about poison sumac. Specifically, they yell at me when I say it is fairly rare and only grows in very wet areas.

April 12, 2015 - 7:30pm