Poisonous plant at our fire station

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Date Photo Taken: 08JUN2012
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posted By: gcbrett62


This plant has suddenly erupted from a water basin area near our parking lot; it’s growing among cattails, barberry and pampas grass, all planted to decorate this small run-off pond/basin. Our firefighters are obligated to keep things tidy, but this plant scares us away. Could it be Poison Sumac or “Thunderwood?”

FF Greg Brett


  1. Southern Garden Coach Flower Fanatic says:

    Although it resembles poison ivy, it is Boxelder (Acer negundo) Snatch it out of there before it gets better established!

    June 8th, 2012 at 6:25 pm
  2. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    Well I don’t think it is poison sumac but I am not volunteering a touch test. If in doubt the only touch test I would advise is with Roundup mixed at 3oz per gallon about twice over a 10 day period. That oughta do it. Check out this link http://www.poison-sumac.org/

    June 8th, 2012 at 9:55 pm
  3. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    Also check out this previous post to Walter before breaking out the Roundup. http://www.walterreeves.com/gardening-q-and-a/poison-sumac-identification/

    June 8th, 2012 at 10:02 pm
  4. stone Unregistered says:

    I second the box elder post.
    Box elders are a fast growing shade tree, but pretty much considered a “junk” tree.

    June 9th, 2012 at 1:27 pm

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