Poison Sumac?

samk1017September 11, 2012

Does this look like poison sumac to you guys? I've had several yes and several no... Any ideas?

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Here's another shot

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 12:47PM
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The leaves appear to be the right shape, with that odd little point at the tip, but the stems do not appear red. Also, I think that there is one too many pair of leaves. Where are you? Poison Sumac is supposedly only found in swampy/wet places, almost entirely in the eastern states.

I recommend that you post these pictures in the Name That Plant forum, which is a much more active forum, with some amazingly experienced people posting IDs there.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 9:49PM
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I am in the atlanta area, and it is far from swampy wetlands but there are an asston of mosquitos so its not exactly bone dry. I posted in the name that plant forum, thanks for the tip.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 12:39PM
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Poison Sumac is not a very common plant and it grows in fairly wet areas. It is more common in the more southern areas of the country then in the north. Staghorn Sumac is much more common and is not a problem.

Here is a link that might be useful: Poison Sumac

    Bookmark   September 15, 2012 at 7:46AM
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I've been trying to get an ID on this to see if it is poison sumac and came across this post. Does this look like poison sumac? It is growing along a canal bank in South Florida, has reddish leaf stems, and what looks like a similar flower.

Last week I got what looked like two red scratches on my arm which then turned into severe blisters. They never itched though and I've been trying to come up with a cause. I've actually pruned this mystery tree several times without any issues and I can't recall specifically touching it prior to getting the skin reaction either.

Ideas? Thanks.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 9:52PM
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outcide, did you look at the link above and compare what you have with the images in that link?

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 6:57AM
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weedwoman(z6 NJ)

The second one is definitely not the plant I know of as Poison Sumac, Toxicodendron vernix. The leaves are very different, for starters. Don't know what it is, though.

The original poster's pictures might be that but I don't think so - they just don't look right. Looks more like wisteria to me; that will seed around and doesn't necessarily flower if it's not getting enough light.

Poison sumac is actually a rather attractive plant but it isn't very common.


    Bookmark   November 17, 2012 at 10:48PM
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