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#2550 - 06/22/04 09:22 PM Redbud tree?  
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Is redbud safe for the birds? I have looked, but I can't find anything about it. I lost half of a tree in a storm last night, and I figured that I would use the branches if they were safe.

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#2551 - 06/22/04 09:42 PM Re: Redbud tree?  
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If you can't find that plant on any list I would suggest taking a sample to a nursery and asking them for the correct latin and/or other common names. Better to be safe than sorry and get the right information. Also worth effort if you suddenly have a whole new pile of good chewable wood for your birds wink

#2552 - 06/22/04 09:56 PM Re: Redbud tree?  
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Latin name :Cercis canadensis

Listed on UC Davis site as safe... under Redbud here
Please make sure we're talking about the same tree since regional differences may give different names to the same tree. The tree I'm talking about can be seen here
Original link to the UC Davis site was posted by mona and I found that by searching toxic plant.

#2553 - 06/22/04 10:02 PM Re: Redbud tree?  
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Carolny Swicegood also lists redbud in her safe tree list. Here is an exerpt from her page:

Safe branches that birds can enjoy include apple, alder, arbutus, ash, aspen, beech, birch, bottlebrush, citrus (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, kumquat) cottonwood, crabapple, dogwood, elm, eucalyptus, fir, hawthorn, hazelnut, hibiscus, larch, lilac, manzanita, mulberry, palms, redbud, sequoia (redwood) and willow trees.

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Kitchen Physician (Carolyn Swicegood)

#2554 - 06/22/04 10:33 PM Re: Redbud tree?  
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This is the Redbud I was referring to. Thanks! My birdies will be very happy!!!!!!!

Tif

#258752 - 08/18/15 05:38 AM Re: Redbud tree? [Re: Tif]  
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Thanks for the post.


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#259557 - 04/04/16 04:47 AM Re: Redbud tree? [Re: Tif]  
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The redbud on the west coast is a shrub, Cercis occidentalis; the east coast/midwest is Cercis canadensis, a tree. Davis would have considered C. occidentalis, so, since yours was a tree I am assuming C. canadensis. Some legumes are quite toxic.

Does anyone have any other information since Carolyn does not indicate which species (common names are always problematical). Considering, her list, maybe she is listing west coast flora?

By the way, my 6 month old Bourke's positively guzzled apple twigs (definitely not exposed to any pesticides) and became quite sick for several days.

#259558 - 04/04/16 01:39 PM Re: Redbud tree? [Re: Tif]  
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This original post is from 12 years ago. The person who posted is not active on the site. Thanks for the information and welcome to Mytoos.
If you live any where near farm land or in areas that spraying for mosquitoes occurs there could be pesticides on it. Recently they changed the laws in Massachusetts on pesticide spraying. Red Zones surrounded school and wetlands areas where no spraying could be done. Now the schools and wetlands are no longer protected. For years I was able to safely cut natural branches for Cassie. Last year not only did they do roadside spraying but also aerial spraying.


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