Poison Sumac

Toxicodendron vernix

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  • Poison Sumac | Poison Sumac (Toxicodendron vernix) Photo: Joshua Mayer
  • Poison Sumac | Poison Sumac (Toxicodendron vernix) Photo: Joshua Mayer
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Basic Information

Order

Sapindales

Family

Anacardiaceae

Size

6 - 15 ft

Leaf Color

Green, Red Fall Foliage

Leaf Arrangement

Alternate

Leaf Complexity

Pinnate

Leaf Shape

Ovate

Blooming Season

Summer

Bloom Color

Yellow, Green, Brown

Attracts

Birds

Danger

All parts are poisonous! Symptoms: severe skin redness, itching, swelling, and blisters

Poison Sumac Habitat

Poison Sumac (Toxicodendron vernix) is often observed along trails in wet marshlands or in shady hardwood forests.

Poison Sumac Facts

Poison Sumac (Toxicodendron vernix) is common along wet moist trails, especially in areas that were recently flooded. Its fruit is not toxic to animals and is an important food source to many species of wildlife. Its pinnate leaves have 7 - 13 leaflets, each of which are about 2 to 4 inches long. The plant is extremely toxic to humans, yet extremely pretty. In the fall it has incredibly bright red foliage. The entire plant is poisonous. It contains a resin chemical called urushiol, which causes extreme pain. It is even worse if it is burning and accidentally inhaled. The chemical causes a rash on the inside of the lungs that may lead to pulmonary edema and death if not treated immediately.

Poison Sumac Distribution



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