Blog Archives (winter)

winter poison ivy vine

I recently got an email from a fellow who had cut down a tree and cut it up for firewood. It had been covered in poison ivy vines and he got a terrible case of it. Cutting the vines with a chain saw will unleash and splatter the plant sap all over, which is a way to get a hall of fame rash.

TAGS: winter, bark, hairy
January 16, 2020 - 2:08pm
winter poison ivy shrub

There are two reasons that it is hard to know that THIS IS POISON IVY!

1. This is a not-so-common form of poison ivy: it is growing almost as a shrub, sending vines branches in all directions, looking for either sun or something to climb upon.

TAGS: winter, shrub
November 13, 2019 - 4:23pm
poison ivy in winter

I'll be honest. As a person somewhat obsessed with poison ivy, you would think I would always be able to spot it in any season, in any form of growth.

TAGS: winter, shrub
February 18, 2019 - 11:56am
poison ivy in ice

Normally you would not expect to see poison ivy growing out of icy swamp water.

But all these vines, from the big 2-incher to the tiny 1/4 incher are all poison ivy.

February 4, 2019 - 7:47pm
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 stump

When you cut down a tree, the sudden presence of sunlight encourages poison ivy vines to grow into the gap.

Here is a stump where the  white snow highlights how the vines, with nowhere to climb, start reaching in all directions, looking for something else to climb up.

TAGS: stump, winter
March 14, 2018 - 9:39pm
poison ivy in winter

When poison ivy climbs it grows thousands of tiny red root hairs to attach to the tree, wall, or other vertical surface.

TAGS: winter
December 22, 2017 - 11:11am

When the leaves fall, many trees, fences, and buildings are revealed to be covered with masses of poison ivy vines. See how this very aggressive vine covers not only the poor tree, but also layers of other poison ivy, all scrambling upward in a nasty competition.

TAGS: winter
November 27, 2017 - 11:08am