The Q&A Archives: African Sumac

Question: Is the African Sumac alright to have around pets? We would like to plant one in the back yard but have dogs, is this tree alright around pets?

Answer: African sumac, which is actually the same genus as poison oak, is considered poisonous; it may cause milder but similar symptoms to those allergic to it. I'd avoid planting it where puppies might be tempted to nibble on the foliage or berries it produces.

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