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Poison Ivy - Look-Alikes


There are several plants that resemble Poison Ivy in appearance.





Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo) (Box Elder)




Bladdernut (Staphylea trifolia) (resembles Poison Ivy only because they both have three leaves).

But Bladdernut has opposite leaves.


Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica)
The leaves of this shrub are very aromatic when rubbed. But of course, by then it's too late if they aren't and you've just rubbed a Poison Ivy leaf! :)


Poison Sumac (Toxicodendron vernix)
It doesn't look like Poison Ivy, but the effects of touching it are the same.