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Julesplants
May 22, 2020 11:25 AM CST
I'm trying to identify these 2 plants or trees. We are in Michigan and they are causing some severe allergies.
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
May 22, 2020 12:15 PM CST
Hi,
baby dogwood and baby wild cherry are my guesses. What allergies? Skin reaction?
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
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Julesplants
May 22, 2020 12:25 PM CST
sallyg said:Hi,
baby dogwood and baby wild cherry are my guesses. What allergies? Skin reaction?

Yes, bad skin reaction like you'd see with poison ivy, but spreading.
Thank you!

Name: Sally
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sallyg
May 22, 2020 3:15 PM CST
Poison ivy can be sneaky, and may not have leaves showing yet in Michigan. Careful of any woody vines.
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
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ViburnumValley
May 23, 2020 12:39 PM CST
Agree - with sallyg - with Poison Ivy - being sneaky.

Yes to Dogwood sprout, and the second one is more likely a seedling Callery Pear. Neither will be likely to cause allergic reactions - but anything is possible, I suppose.

Without you showing anything else in your landscape, or describing your activities which resulted in spreading rash, you won't be getting much definitive help here.

You could be pulling out these plants, or working the soil, where Poison Ivy dormant vines and roots are growing. Skin contact with all parts of that plant can cause allergic rash reactions. The oils will remain on clothes, which when handled, will spread to additional places.

Some people will also have allergic reactions to another common native vine, Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia). It is probably still dormant for you in Michigan, which means you could be encountering it without realizing it.

The only other thing I notice in those closeups is in the upper right of the first picture is some leaf with a toothed/spiny edge. Doesn't resemble a thistle, but probably some other prolific annual or perennial weed. Those kinds of plants can cause irritation by their physical texture, not necessarily by oils or other chemicals. Pulling a lot of those may result in the symptoms you've described.
John

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