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    Poison Sumac?

    Anyone know if this is poison sumac? We have a bunch of these trees around our property and a branch recently came down and Iím hesitant to touch it.
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    Oh good lord..

    I thought poison oak was bad...At least thats a bit more reconizeable.

    It looks like you could eat it.

    Not that I'd consider it but its got that come and get me look.


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    The fruit doesn't look right for the "poison" variant. You may have one of the tree types listed below.

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    I have lots of that on my property also. I think the poisonous variety has white blooms not red like what you have. I donít have any white/poisonous either. BTW, in the fall, the leaves turn color and they look awesome!
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    It's a good wildlife plant. Don't remove it unless it's in the way.. JMO

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    That might be a mimosa tree. Are there others just like it nearby? Mimosa is an invasive tree, and there is rarely just one of them. Not poisonous.
    Then again, it might not be a mimosa tree.

    Edit: Just looked at some google images of poison sumac trees. It sure looks like the same thing you got.
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    That is just plain sumac. It is good bird food, spreads and grows fast, and isn't too hard to remove. It will take over a field in a few years if you let it. The branches are soft then a bit brittle, not a strong tree.

    If I remember correctly, poison sumac has 7 leaves per branch. I have never seen it get all that big but then I might have and didn't recognize it. I have plenty of poison ivy and poison oak here. All three affect me strongly. All cats do too, right up through the big ones. I guess that is why they like me so much.

    If you react to the poison ivy/oak/sumac and get some sap on you, change clothes and wash affected areas with soap and water. If you already have blisters the best treatment I have found is cornstarch to dry them up. When the sores weep they spread so try not to scratch them.

    It is the same sumac I have. When I am cleaning them up it is one of those I burn rather than chip or compost. It is real sappy when green and I really don't need it to spread any more than it has.
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    Another very handy tip for working around the poison plants is to use a mechanics hand cleaner such as GOJO to wash any areas you may have touched the plant. The degreasing hand cleaners are very good at removing the oils that cause the reaction.

    If you already have itchy spots the pumice variety of these cleaners does a good job of satisfying the urge to itch and again removes the oils from your skin which rapidly speeds up the healing process.

    Plain old soap and water often times isn't strong enough to remove the sap. Think of it like trying to remove never seize from your fingers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJadamec View Post
    Another very handy tip for working around the poison plants is to use a mechanics hand cleaner such as GOJO to wash any areas you may have touched the plant. The degreasing hand cleaners are very good at removing the oils that cause the reaction.

    If you already have itchy spots the pumice variety of these cleaners does a good job of satisfying the urge to itch and again removes the oils from your skin which rapidly speeds up the healing process.

    Plain old soap and water often times isn't strong enough to remove the sap. Think of it like trying to remove never seize from your fingers.
    And when you wash, use cold water. Warm/hot water will open up your skin pores and allow the evil oils to take hold.
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