Boxwood Tree

Boxwood Tree

Plants

Scientific name

Buxus Sp

Alternate names

Japanese boxwood, Buxus Sp,

Toxicity to pets

The Boxwood Tree is commonly used as an ornamental plant around houses, similar to bushes. Originally, these plants came from parts of western and southern Europe, southwest Asia and northwest Africa before being found in the United States. Boxwood trees contain a butter-like oil and three alkaloids (buxine, cyclobuxine, and cycloprotobuxine), which is where its toxic nature is derived. Although there have been no recorded human deaths to the consumption of this plant, it is highly toxic to animals, particularly horses and livestock.

Common signs to watch for:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Anorexia
  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • Difficulty breathing
Boxwood

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Dogs

Toxicity Level

Moderate

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Cats

Toxicity Level

Moderate

Cows

Toxicity Level

Severe

Horses

Toxicity Level

Severe

Disclaimer

The content of this page is not veterinary advice. A number of factors (amount of substance ingested, size of the animal, allergies, etc.) determine what is toxic to a particular pet. If you think your pet has eaten something potentially toxic, call Pet Poison Helpline or seek immediate veterinary treatment.