This Amercian Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis,) the third largest in the state of Virginia, grows in the floodplain of the James River in Rockbridge County. As we approached the tree, Seth exclaimed that the plants growing along the embankment next to it were poison hemlock, which are indeed deadly poisonous. Evidently, all it takes is the ingestion of a little bit of the fresh plant material to cause death! We kept Silas away from them! Our children had a great time running around here despite the deadly vegetation.
(Our tree adventures are inspired by the book, Remarkable Trees of Virginia)