Topic: Edible Plants, Poisonous Plants Author: Nan Hampton Date: Sunday - September 21, 2008 From: Silver Creek, GA
QUESTION: I have an American Beautyberry Plant and I need to know if the purple berries are toxic - we have dogs and I wouldn't want them to eat them. Thanks for any information you may have on this plant.
"I have found several sources stating that the fruit is safe to eat, and several stating that it is inedible....I have talked to one woman who reported feeling slight nausea after eating beauty-berry jelly. Personally, I discourage its use for food. The raw fruit has an unpleasant flavor."
Since it isn't listed on any toxic database, I wouldn't think your dogs would be in any danger from eating a few berries. They probably aren't something the dogs would like to eat anyway and you could always remove the majority of the berries from the bushes if they do seem to be interested in eating them.