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Toxicodendron pubescens (Atlantic poison oak)
Cox, Paul

Toxicodendron pubescens

Toxicodendron pubescens Mill.

Atlantic Poison Oak

Anacardiaceae (Sumac Family)

Synonym(s): Rhus acutiloba, Rhus toxicarium, Rhus toxicodendron, Toxicodendron quercifolium, Toxicodendron toxicarium, Toxicodendron toxicodendron

USDA Symbol: TOPU2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Trifoliate
Leaf Margin: Lobed
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: May be up to about 10 feet, usually 2 to 4 feet.
Fruit: Greenish white. 1/4 inch in diameter.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
Bloom Notes: Flowers inconspicuous.


USA: AL , AR , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , KS , LA , MD , MO , MS , NC , NJ , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV


Warning: All parts toxic.
Interesting Foliage: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

From the Archive

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Toxicodendron pubescens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Toxicodendron pubescens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Toxicodendron pubescens


Record Modified: 2023-05-25
Research By: TWC Staff

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