Plant family: Anacardiaceae - Sumac
Plant type: Shrub
Plant origin: N/A, California
Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub
Clay, Decomposed Granite, Sand, Sandy Loam
Autumn Foliage, Hedges and Screens
Poison Oak is a fast spreading, sun loving shrub. It grows to about 5 to 7 ft high and can spread both via aerial suckers and by climbing up tress. The leaves are three pointed and have serrated edges on the leaf edges. The plant is a beneficial shrub for wildlife, but is dangerous for humans, as the leaves are poisonous and can cause a very itchy rash to develop. The prefer full sun and need some water in the winter, to keep the leaves green.
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