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Post Number:#1  Unread postby SMR » Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:31 pm


I know apple type tree limbs and weeping willows are ok, but what other kind of tree limbs and leaves are OK for rabbits to munch on?

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Re: List of Safe Trees?

Post Number:#2  Unread postby MaggieJ » Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:27 pm


You'll find many safe trees listed in our SAFE PLANTS sticky:

safe-plants-for-rabbits-list-t55.html
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Re: List of Safe Trees?

Post Number:#3  Unread postby Frecs » Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:41 pm


Some trees I have local (like in my yard) that are not mentioned on the Safe Plants List are:

pecan (Carya illinoinensis)
oak
dogwood (Cornus florida)
wild black cherry (Prunus serotina)

(I live in coastal southeast NC if that helps)

Are these safe for rabbits?
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Re: List of Safe Trees?

Post Number:#4  Unread postby MamaSheepdog » Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:44 pm


I just read that stone fruits (plums, peaches, nectarines, etc.) are not safe for bunnies. I think I need to buy more apple trees!
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Re: List of Safe Trees?

Post Number:#5  Unread postby Frosted Rabbits » Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:39 am


The stone fruits are generally listed as dangerous due to the naturally occurring Cyanide within the seed itself-- and I know of few animals that can break through the 'stone' to get to the seed.. Apple seeds have the same natural cyanide-- and are not digested if ingested. I have seen intact apple seeds in the droppings of horses, cows, and sheep--- we tend to not worry about apple seeds ourselves, well, they ARE a bit like unpopped corn kernels-- hard as rocks and painful to chew on!
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Re: List of Safe Trees?

Post Number:#6  Unread postby MaggieJ » Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:05 pm


Frecs wrote:Some trees I have local (like in my yard) that are not mentioned on the Safe Plants List are:

pecan (Carya illinoinensis)
oak
dogwood (Cornus florida)
wild black cherry (Prunus serotina)

(I live in coastal southeast NC if that helps)

Are these safe for rabbits?


I don't know much about some of these. Pecan may be useable... you'll have to do some research.

Some people say oak is okay... Others say no. No personal experience with it and it may depend on what kind of oak.

Wild black cherry bark is a strong medicinal. As stone fruit trees are generally considered toxic, I would definitely not feed black cherry.

The problem here, of course, is that living so much further north, we have different trees and shrubs for the most part. Maybe someone down your way can help more.
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Re: List of Safe Trees?

Post Number:#7  Unread postby Frosted Rabbits » Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:40 pm


Oh, the dogwooods (Cornus) can make a beautiful jelly from the fruit-- dont know how the twigs and branches are for rabbits-- I haven;t seen any groundhogs or rabbits tall enough to eat them--
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Re: List of Safe Trees?

Post Number:#8  Unread postby Frecs » Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:03 pm


Good point about the wild black cherry being a strong medicinal. I plan to use it for human medicinal purposes since the wild birds graciously planted them for me.

I found the following list of safe and unsafe tree woods Safe woods (I've added notes on the side as pertains to my original question and thoughts about my yard/area):

apple
arbutus
ash
aspen
bamboo --> I can forage for this
blackberrry
blackcurrant
cholla
cottonwood
crabapple
dogwood --> have in my yard
elm
grapevine --> will be growing muscadine grapes but that is a different plant so...more research
hawthorn
hazelnut --> one recently planted in my yard and one across the street
kiwi --> will be growing hardy kiwi...
magnolia
manzanita
mulberry --> can forage for it
pear --> when I forage pears off neighbors' trees that they don't want I'll remember to gather some branches
pecan --> happy happy -- something to do with all my pecan branches!
pine - kiln-dried white
poplar
quince
rose hip -- will have plenty of these
sycamore
willow (but not white willow) --> Have Carolina Willow growing in my ditch...

Toxic Woods

almond
apricot
beech
birch
black locust
black lotus
blackwood
box elder
buckthorn
cashew
cedar
cherry
chesnut
china berry Chinese snake tree chokeberry
citrus woods - orange, lemon, grapefruit, etc.
cypress
ebony
elderberry
eucalyptus
fir
ginkgo
hemlock
holly --> have these, figured they were toxic...
honey locust
hydrangea --> have these, noted...
juniper
kumquat
laurel
mahogany
mango
manufactured/glued woods like plywood or fiberboard
maple
mesquite
myrtle --> have these, noted
nectarine
oak --> bummer
oleander --> unfortunately, have one...these are HIGHLY TOXIC
peach
pine - fresh, pressure treated, red -- kiln dried is thought to be safe
pinecones
pistachio
plum
redwood
sandalwood
sequoia
spruce
teak
walnut
weeping fig
white willow
yew
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Re: List of Safe Trees?

Post Number:#9  Unread postby MaggieJ » Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:26 pm


Pretty good list. Just would like to note that according to this paper from the World Rabbit Science, white willow (Salix alba) is fine for rabbits.

http://world-rabbit-science.com/WRSA-Pr ... -Rizzi.pdf
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Re: List of Safe Trees?

Post Number:#10  Unread postby hoodat » Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:28 am


My rabbits are kind of indifferent to willow leaves but they love chewing on twigs and branches. White willow contains a natural form of aspirin which is a blood thinner but unless you feed it in huge quantities it does no harm and possibly some good.
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Re: List of Safe Trees?

Post Number:#11  Unread postby Rihanna » Sun Dec 22, 2013 6:32 am


So, I am curious, what is your opinion? Forget about this list, what is your opinion about http://www.treestypes.com, which is the best for rabbits? I have a site with all this trees types, but I don't mean much to me, I am more an experience fan, that the simple list.

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Re: List of Safe Trees?

Post Number:#12  Unread postby Dood » Sun Dec 22, 2013 12:27 pm


which is the best for rabbits?
Best for what? There is no perfect food and variety is 'best'.

Willows are popular because they grow fast and can handle a lot of trimming. Mulberry is pretty high in protein and another popular tree forage for bunnies but they are much slower growing and more delicate than other species.

My area used to be an orchard in the 1800's so I have lots of apple and pear trees that I prune and feed to the rabbits. When we cut ash for fence rails the rabbits get the side branches and I trim my neighbors weeping willows for free as long as I can keep the trimmings for my animals.

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Post Number:#13  Unread postby akane » Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:24 pm


http://www.mdvaden.com/bird_page.shtml applies to rabbits too. Only thing you want to watch is if the leaves are safe since that list is for perch wood that has the leaves stripped off it. Many berry vines and bushes are safe as well. They don't mind the thorns.
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Re: List of Safe Trees?

Post Number:#14  Unread postby HareyHounds » Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:42 am


Frecs, did the lists you found have any references to verify the information?
The reason I ask is because I noticed birch on the toxic list but I feed it to all of my rabbits (usually every day) and have never seen any sign of toxicity. They absolutely love the bark and they're also quite partial to the leaves.
I checked very thoroughly before feeding it to them and every source I've found listed it as being a very safe tree to feed.
From glancing through the "toxic" items on that list, I can see several others that are usually listed as safe so perhaps not a very accurate list?

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Re: List of Safe Trees?

Post Number:#15  Unread postby Frecs » Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:58 am


The list very likely needs to be modified. From my experience with such lists, if there is any part of a plant/tree that is "toxic" (even if only to some but not all consumers) then it is on the toxic list. OR it can be an issue with similar common names applying to several trees some of which are toxic and others are not. So, as with most such lists, there is room for research and verification. It is one reason I've be dubbed by some on here "Feedipedia Frecs" because my go-to source now is Feedipedia.org...as they provide citations to support their information.

I don't know much about trees so I'll ask a potentially dumb question: do you have the botanical/scientific name for the birch tree you feed to your rabbits? Do you feed leaves, bark, wood, berries/fruit or all of the above?

(Feedipedia does have a listing for "African Birch" but no information regarding it being fed to rabbits. http://www.feedipedia.org/node/701)
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