Certain types of fruit from landscape plants can cause harm to wildlife and pets. Not all fruit are meant to be eaten in the gardens of this state and beyond. At this time of the year, hunger abounds in the natural world and anything that can offer sustenance is irresistible. The robins are swooping thru the area giggling in the way that they do in spite of Arctic temperatures because they have happened upon much need bounty. Unfortunately the fruit they are homing in on this particular observation is “Heavenly” Bamboo. Far from heaven, Heavenly Bamboo “does not help birds, it harms them containing cyanide and other alkaloids that produce highly toxic hydrogen cyanide (HCN) which is extremely poisonous to all animals” according to Audubon. This can be very confusing in that some plants may be harmful for birds and pets while others are safe for birds like Winterberry Holly but can be harmful to dogs in large quantities.
It’s best to know the true nature of the plant before making the right choices for planting this upcoming season. It will go a long way to supporting your backyard habitat and protecting your pets. For more information on what plants may be harmful to your pets click here