Poisonous Shrubs

Poisonous Shrubs


We may plant a number of shrubs and trees as a part of landscape in our garden. However, some of those plants can be considered as poisonous shrubs according to their effects on humans and animals. Two of the famous examples are Rhododendron and the Azalea, two of popular plants we use for gardening purposes. If you family members or your pets eat their leaves or flowers, you will have uncomfortable feelings such headache, vomiting and even coma.


Apart from the above two dangerous species, there are a lot of more which we may find in our gardens such as Bittersweet, Chokeberry, Laburnum and Thorn-apple. The thorn-apple is actually not a true bush plant although it looks like a bunch of shrubs. Usually, this plant is used as a herb intoxicant. They have no harm to human skins but are poisonous if they are eaten. It has green fruits with some prickles by the side. When the fruits become dry and split open finally, the most poisonous part – its black seed will appear. You should avoid eating those seeds at all times.

Chokecherry is another poisonous shrub plant which has beautiful white flowers in summer. It produces small cherry-like fruits with dark colours. Due to its poisonous leaves, sometimes animals may eat it accidently and have poisoning syndromes especially in some drought areas where fresh grass and foliage are sparse.

As a common evergreen shrub plant which is usually used for landscaping purposes, all parts of the English Holly is poisonous especially the fruit. It will cause uncomfortable feeling in stomach and low blood pressure to cause dizziness as well. Although the poison of this plant is minor to human beings, it can be extremely intensive to pets. So, you should avoid planting such shrubs in garden if you have pets. The similar poisonous shrubs include Mistletoe, Yew, Daphne etc.

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