(Toxicodendron vernix) can be found mainly in the eastern United States. It grows in peat bogs and swamps. To identify Poison Sumac, look for the fruit that grows between the leaf and the branch. Nonpoisonous sumac has fruit growing from the ends of it's branches.
Poison Sumac is a woody perennial shrub or small tree growing from 5 - 25 feet tall. It is commonly found in the eastern part of the United States but also grows as far south and west as Texas. It reproduces by seeds grown on drooping clusters of white, berry-like fruits. Leaves are arranged in an alternate pattern on the vine.
There are about 7-13 leaflets forming a feather-like appearance. The foliage has brilliant orange or scarlet coloring in the fall.
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