Safe or Toxic Natural Woods

Safe Natural Woods for Perches or Toys

  • Alder
  • Almond
  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Ash
  • Bamboo
  • Beech
  • Birch
  • Citrus
  • Dogwood
  • Elm
  • Eucalyptus*
  • Goat Willow
  • Guava
  • Grape
  • Honeysuckle
  • Mandrone
  • Manzanita
  • Maple (not red)
  • Mesquite
  • Oak*
  • Papaya
  • Pear
  • Pine
  • Poplar
  • Prune
  • Pussy Willow
  • Ribbon Wood
  • Thurlow
  • Vine Maple
  • Walnut
  • Weeping Willow
  • Willow

Toxic Natural Woods – DO NOT USE

  • Avocado
  • Boxwood
  • Cedar
  • Candelabra Tree
  • Cherry Tree
  • Chestnut
  • Chinaberry
  • Crown of Thorns
  • Eucalyptus*
  • Holly
  • Kentucky Coffee
  • Locust
  • Mountain Laurel
  • Oak*
  • Oleander
  • Pencil Tree
  • Rain Tree
  • Red Maple
  • Snow on Mountain
  • Spurges

Note: *Eucalyptus and Oak appear on both the toxic and the safe lists. In 9 out of 10 sources they were listed as safe. In one source they were listed as toxic. Because of this, we suggest that you use caution when using either one.

Toxic Plants

  • Acokanthera
  • Amaryllis
  • Angel’s Trumpet
  • Apricot Seeds (Plant)
  • Apple Seeds (Plant)
  • Avocado
  • Balsam Pear
  • Baneberry
  • Belladonna (Nightshade)
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Bittersweet
  • Black Locust
  • Boxwood
  • Bracken Fern
  • Buckthorn
  • Burdock
  • Buttercup
  • Caladium
  • Calla Lily
  • Cat Claw Acacia
  • Caster Bean
  • Cherry Pits (Plant)
  • Chinaberry
  • Clematis
  • Coffee Bean
  • Coral Plant
  • Crocus
  • Cactus (Sago Cactus)
  • Daphne
  • Death Camas
  • Delphinium
  • Devil’s Ivy
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Eggplant
  • Elderberry
  • Elephant’s Ears
  • European Pennyroya
  • Figs
  • Four O’Clocks
  • Foxglove
  • Heliotrope
  • Henbane
  • Holly
  • Horse Chestnut
  • Horse Nettle
  • Hydrangea
  • Ivy
  • Jack-in-the-Pulpit
  • Jerusalem Cherry
  • Jasmine (Yellow)
  • Jimson Weed
  • Jonquil
  • Lantana
  • Lorel
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Lobelia
  • Loco Weed
  • Lupine
  • Marijuana
  • Mistletoe
  • Mock Orange
  • Monkshood
  • Morning Glory
  • Mushroom
  • Narcissus
  • Oak
  • Oleander
  • Pear Seeds (Plant)
  • Peony
  • Periwinkle
  • Peyote
  • Philodendron
  • Pigweed
  • Plum
  • Poison Hemlock
  • Poison Ivy
  • Poison Oak
  • Poison Sumac
  • Poinsettia
  • Poppy
  • Pokeweed
  • Potato Eye
  • Pothos
  • Primrose
  • Privet
  • Ragwort
  • Red Maple