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#1 Tal

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 17:19

I have a large tea tree (Leptospermum Petersonii - Lemon-scented Tea Tree) growing in my back yard and was wondering if anyone knows if it is safe ? I've been searching but I can't seem to find the information.





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Posted 16 June 2007 - 03:27

Its not on the list of poisonous plants...

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Posted 16 June 2007 - 07:21

I would probably think it is OK Tal, but best wait & see if anyone has tried it.

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Posted 16 June 2007 - 11:27

 Tal, on Jun 15 2007, 15:49, said:

I have a large tea tree (Leptospermum Petersonii - Lemon-scented Tea Tree) growing in my back yard and was wondering if anyone knows if it is safe ? I've been searching but I can't seem to find the information.


Hi, my avian vet told me to grow a Lemon-scented Tea Tree for my birds. He even gave me some to take home. He said they the leaves were the right size for budgies. My two ate all the leaves and are still with me! ;)

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Posted 16 June 2007 - 12:03

Well Jac has proof but I have always thought the Tea Tree as part of the eucalyptus family/group.

I looked it up:

The Myrtaceae or Myrtle family are a family of dicotyledon plants, placed within the order Myrtales. Myrtle, clove, guava, feijoa, allspice, and eucalyptus belong here.

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Posted 16 June 2007 - 12:57

Thanks everyone  ;)  I was pretty sure that it wasn't toxic as the local birds nest in the tree or use the smallest twigs to make nests. However Tea tree oil is apparently toxic so I thought best to double check. I did find some tips here  http://solwayparrotclub.co.uk/tips.htm with one in particular on red mites using tea tree oil which seems to contradict the toxicity of tea tree oil somewhat.

It seems to me that a lot of contradictory information is online. It sure is nice to be able to ask people who have hands on experience and get several views.

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Posted 21 June 2007 - 20:54

Well I took the plunge and gave them some branches. They loved it. Chewed the leaves and the seed pods to bits so I put thicker branches in for perches.  :)  What a mess they made. I thought they enjoyed stripping the bark off of Eucalypt :ausb: I'd recommend putting a couple of branches in if you can get your hands on it. Mine sure seemed to enjoy it ^_^

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Posted 22 June 2007 - 09:28

Thanks Tal, for letting us know how it turned out, it's good for others to know also.

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Posted 22 June 2007 - 19:43

Sure thing :blush: I figure I have asked enough questions and got loads of info so it was the least I could do.




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