Lists discussing the relative toxicity of different plants;
http://web.archive.org/web/20101212191651/http://busybirds.net/Toxic.html
http://www.glidernursery.com/nutrition.html

Not all plants are toxic to all animals (or non-toxic to all animals. The lists we have compiled are primarily from bird toxic/non lists and experience of GliderCENTRAL member with their gliders.

Safe woods/branches include;
Acacia, Apple, Aspen, Balsa, Bamboo (real bamboo, not decorative which is toxic), Beech, Blue Spruce, Butterfly Bush, Buttonwood, Carob Tree, Cholla, Citrus (orange, lime, lemon, etc.), Cork Bark (not the wood of the cork oak, just the bark), Cottonwood, Crabapple, Crape Myrtle, Douglas Fir, Eucalyptus (), Forsythia, Grapewood (woody grape vines), Hazelnut, Hybiscus, Lilac, Madrone, Magnolia, Manzanita, Maple (except Red Maple varieties), Mimosa, Mountain Ash, Mulberry, Pear, Pecan, Plane Tree, Poplar, Rose of Sharon, Sassafras, Silk Tree, Strawberry Tree, Silver Maple, Sugar Maple, Sycamore, Redbud, Ribbonwood, Willow, Yucca.

Woods that are often considered safe, but may cause dermatological reactions in some gliders; Birch, Elm, Ficus, Dogwood, Pussy Willow, Rosewood, Rubber Tree.

Unsafe woods/branches include;
Trees that bear pit containing fruits are NOT safe woods to use. These include; Apricot, Avocado, Cherry, Nectarine, Peach, Plum, etc.

Other unsafe woods include (but are not remotely limited to); Box Elder, Boxwood, Cedar, Oak, Pine, Red variety Maples, Walnut, etc.

*These lists may not include every safe and unsafe wood available.


Edited by KarenE (10/31/17 10:10 AM)