Where is the sumac growing? Poisonous sumac prefers damp, boggy areas. Regular sumac prefers drier areas.
What color is the stem? Poisonous is red; regular is green brown
How many leaves does each stem have? Poisonous has fewer (7-13); regular has more
What do the leaves look like? Poisonous are smooth; regular are hairy and jagged
What color are the berries? Poisonous has pale yellow / cream colored to white; regular has a red that looks more like a flower than a berry / seed
Where is the fruit growing? Poisonous grows at the base of the leaves and hang down in the fall; regular grows at the end and aim upward
This is poison sumac:
This is what is in my backyard:
I am safe.Phew! Now if I can just get rid of the Poison Ivy.