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Saturday - May 30, 2009

From: Vernon, BC
Region: Canada
Topic: Trees
Title: Are blue spruce (Picea pungens) poisonous?
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Are blue spruce trees poisonous at all? Thank you.

ANSWER:

Mr. Smarty Plants would say that Picea pungens (blue spruce) is not poisonous since it does not appear on any of the following toxic plant databases:

Canadian Poisonous Plants Information System

Poisonous Plants of North Carolina

Cornell University's Plants Poisonous to Livestock

University of Pennsylvania's Poisonous Plants

University of California–Davis Toxic Plants 

 

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