Specialist in the
Elimination and Control of Unsightly, Unwanted Vegetation
have poison ivy growing in your yard?
We have a designated team specially trained in the
and removal of Poison ivy and other noxious
"Leaves of three, let it be"
Identification - There are two species of poison
ivy that we find here in Michigan:
Toxicodendron radicans: poison
ivy that exists as a climbing vine or shrub,
commonly with three leaflets to a leaf (occasionally
singly lobed), and often with hairy stems or vines.
Common from the eastern US to Mexico.
Toxicodendron rydbergii: Rydberg’s poison ivy occurs as a low non-climbing
shrub with three leaflets (of varying shape) per
leaf. The leaflets can have hairy undersides. Common
from southern Canada to the west central US.
species produce smooth green berries that turn white
in autumn, and have leaves that can be smooth ovals
or toothed (rarely lobed, like poison oak)
New poison ivy
growing in the
is most often
waxy and red
poison ivy can
be found growing
either erect from
the ground or
as vines climbing
trees, fences, walls,
along the forest floor, etc.
Poison ivy in the
fall can actually
look quite pretty,
as the leaves are
some of the first
in the forest
to change to
oranges and yellows.
fruit/berries of poison ivy
often persist through
winter, changing from green to
white in autumn,
provide a significant food
source for birds.
urushiol (rash causing oil) of
the plant also persists
even remain active for years
after the plants
So DO NOT TOUCH it! Even if the
vines are bare!
85% of the population will have
a skin reaction
contact with urusiol! Also,
avoid burning poison
the smoke can be very dangerous
Some of the most commonly misidentified
plants taken for poison ivy
are wild raspberry and blackberry,
box elder saplings, and Virginia
(as well as the common grape vine,
Box Elder Sapling
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