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Hi

Can anyone please tell me if Lilac bushes are poisonous to dogs?

I am desparate to screen off the bottom of my garden due to kids climbing the fence and peering in at me!

I bought a Wisteria, planted it, then discovered it was poisonous and promptly removed it :(

I need a shrub or small tree, something that will grow about H 3m, W 2m that won't kill my beloved pugs :D

Any help is much appreciated, thank you.

Lesley

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  • Posted: Tue. 30th June 2009 10:43

Poisonous plants?

Reply from Marissa Zoppellini

Hi Lesley, I have not heard of Lilac being a problem with dogs. Here is a link to the RSPCA website concerning harmful plants:

http://www.rspca.org.uk/servlet/Satellite?pagename=RSPCA/Page/RSPCAFAQTemp&cid=1114778749342&articleId=1123153958927

As for small trees, I can recommend one of the smaller Sorbus', eg S. 'Joseph Rock' or Amelanchier lamarckii. Both have spring flowers and good autumn colour and berries and are wildlife/doglife friendly. Hope this helps, Marissa

  • Posted: Thu. 2nd July 2009 15:23

Another idea

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Lesley,
Great suggestions from Marissa, but thought of an evergreen one that might work. It is slightly spiny - which your dogs - and nosy kids should avoid - and it is non-toxic. Might want to look into Elaeagnus pungens - Thorny elaeagnus. It gets to 4m tall, 5m wide and doesn't need much maintenance. There are quite a few cultivars available to give some variety.
Hope this is useful!
Kathy C.

  • Posted: Thu. 2nd July 2009 23:07

thank you

Reply from Lesley Deakin

Thank you both, I will certainly be checking all the ideas out :)

  • Posted: Fri. 3rd July 2009 07:57