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Toxicodendron pubescens

Toxicodendron pubescens

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Sapindales
Family: Anacardiaceae
Genus: Toxicodendron
Species: T. pubescens
Binomial name
Toxicodendron pubescens

Toxicodendron pubescens (syn. Rhus pubescens; Atlantic Poison-oak) is an erect shrub that can grow to 1 m (3 ft) tall. The leaves are 15 cm (6 in) long, alternate, with three leaflets on each. The leaflets are usually hairy, and are variable in size and shape, but most often resembling white oak leaves; they usually turn yellow or orange in autumn. The fruit is small, round, and yellowish or greenish.



This species is native to the Southeastern United States westward to Texas and Oklahoma. County specific distribution in Virginia is available.


Atlantic Poison-oak can be found growing in forests, thickets, and dry, sandy fields.


All parts of this plant contain urushiol, which can cause severe dermatitis in some individuals.


For a discussion of prevention and treatment options, see the

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