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Is This Poison Ivy?

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Submitted by:  Dolores White
Date Submitted: 5/20/2003
Location: not given

Question Asked: This plant is growing in our back yard. Is it poison ivy or poisin oak?

Answer: Dolores - certainly does look like poison ivy. Poison oak has a more "oak-y" look to the leaves. Poison ivy leaves tend to vary greatly (fat, stubby, lobed, smooth) but the middle leaflet of the leaf is generally pointed and the leaves are egg-shaped. It looks like this vine is growing along the ground and peeking up from amongst other plantings. This one will be interesting to get rid of.