One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey There,

I’m back and refreshed from my little weekend off. Hope you humans feel the same, because I have a good mystery for you.

Mystery #131

Give me your guesses!


Well…no guesses? Did no one want to put their paws in their mouth and say it is poison ivy? Good thing, because it’s not!  These leaves have five leaflets, and belong to the Box Elder, Acer negundo, a native tree.

Box Elder Tree

That said, the sprouting seeds of this tree are mistaken for poison ivy because they often do have just three leaflets and have the same irregular toothing. However, when it’s grown, the small tree is commonly mistaken for an ash tree and has samaras like a maple, so has quite a few common names to cover those: has-leaved maple, boxelder maple and maple ash.

I’m glad to see we show poison ivy often enough not to fool our readers!


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