What Does Poison Sumac Look Like

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By Courtney  |  Thursday, November 9, 2017  |  ,  |  Leave comment

Here at Tecnu®, we talk about poison oak and ivy A LOT! Poison oak and ivy are the most common poisonous plant, and we often forget about the "Jan Brady" of the story: poison sumac.

Now, not to make this a confessional or anything, but before I started working for the makers of Tecnu, I had no idea what poison Sumac was. I could not tell you if it was a tree, a vine, a flower, or grass. To be fair, I have never had the opportunity to be around it. We are located in Oregon, and poison Sumac is typically found east of Texas in wet climates.

where does poison sumac grow

However, you are probably wondering 'what does poison sumac look like.' Poison sumac is, in fact, a shrub, but it can grow quite tall and resemble a tree.  Poison sumac has compound leaves with 7-13 leaflets. The number one indicator that it is in fact, poisonous sumac is the orange or red vein from which the leaflets grow; in addition, poison sumac also produces berries. The berries start out small and green in the spring, changing to a white or grey color when they have ripened.

 what does poison sumac look like

It is important to point out that all parts of the plant are poisonous and contain the rash-causing oil, urushiol. If you do come into contact with poison sumac, please take all precautionary measures to remove the oil. We recommend using Tecnu® Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser within 8 hours of exposure to remove the rash causing oil, urushiol.

Remember, is it a scary world out there and you never know what poisonous plant is around the corner! :)

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