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Thursday - March 17, 2016

From: Elk Grove, CA
Region: California
Topic: Non-Natives
Title: Abutilon or Podocarpus Toxic to Dogs?
Answered by: Anne Van Nest

QUESTION:

Are either of these plants toxic to dogs? Flowering maple or the Podocarpus henkelii shrub.

ANSWER:

Although both of these plants are not natives to North America and not found in the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Centre database, Mr. Smarty Plants did do a search of the ASPCA toxic plants to dogs list and found that Podocarpus is toxic.  So be wary of that plant if your dogs like to chew on plants. The flowering maple (Abutilon sp.) is not on the list.

 

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