What to look for
- Three pointed leaves that are smooth, toothed or lobed with two leaves forming a pair beside a longer middle leaf
- Leaf lengths ranging from 1/4 inch to 2-1/8 inches
- Ground cover (4-10 inches), climbing vines, upright bushes or shrubs (up to 4 feet) or older vines that look like tree limbs
- Leaves typically emerge a reddish color early spring, are green in summer, turn shades of red, orange or yellow in fall, and are leafless in winter.
- Bunches of small, greenish flowers attached to the main stem or clusters of small, pale, waxy berries (flowers and berries are not always present)
Gallery: Spring Summer Fall Winter
Where to find it
- North America, except the far west and desert areas
- Large concentration in the Midwest and eastern U.S.
- Altitudes below 5,000 feet