That's OK. I wish I could find some way to use the stuff. I could get
rich. Seems like every tree has some. The timber was grazed many years
ago and I think the only thing the cattle didn't eat was the ivy and
gooseberries. I'm in a timber stand improvement program and I'm
attempting to get rid of invasive non native species and any vines in
the trees. I have lots of Virginia creeper too. It can actually kill a
tree. So far I'm too far north for kudzu thank goodness.
I pull it and bag it to get rid of it. As long as I've got gloves on
I don't have a problem. A vine that big, however, is something I
wouldn't tangle with (pun intended <G>). I'd cut it off at the base,
paint the cut surfaces with Brush Be Gone, and then leave it to die
off. Even the dried leaves and branches can cause irritation, so
gloves and long sleeves are needed to clean up the dead parts the
Don't burn it! The oils will vaporize in the smoke, it can kill you
to inhale it!
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
On Tue, 2 Oct 2007 18:46:54 +0100, Janet Baraclough
Maybe not now, but it has been there.
Many years ago there was an article in "Pacific Horticulture" Magazine
about people in England growing Poison Oak, or maybe Poison Ivy, as an
Seemed kind of strange to me, I don't like the stuff myself.
I think that article must have meant rhus typhina, aka staghorn sumach.
(note, this is not rhus vernix, your poison sumach).Rhus typhina is an
extremely handsome ornamental tree
quite commonly planted as a garden tree in the UK, but only because it
poses very minimal risk of skin irritation. It's nowhere near as toxic
as poison oak, poison ivy, or poison sumach. It's not the same plant as
US poison ivy, though it is in the same family. (Anacardiaceae)
Interesting, that "caged animal at the zoo" theory. Maybe that's what
the previous owner of our house was thinking, as we had a rather large
poison ivy covered tree as well (unlike the photo, it was spreading
into flowerbeds, along a fence, etc, as well as up the tree, though).
I cut off the vines around the tree and dug up the roots (with gloves,
long sleeves, shower/laundry afterwards, etc). It would have been a
big job with or without herbicide, I suspect, given the number of
other plants around (some desirable).
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