Answer: Poison ivy goes through a few different stages throughout the course of its life: from seed to seedling, shoot to sprout, runner to immature vine, to mature seed producing plant. The leaves also go through a transformation as the plant matures.
After leaf drop in fall until bud break in spring, look for tiny hands-in-prayer-like buds.
Buds open and unfurl ‘leaves of three that look like me’.
Honey bee collecting pollen from blooming male poison ivy flowers.
A stalk of ripe poison ivy berries produced by a female plant and ready for consumption by hungry birds.