Local trees

Asked September 8, 2018, 8:15 PM EDT

This may sound silly or ridiculous but I was wondering if anyone knew what this was? I’m assuming since there’s a circular base then it was planted there so it couldn’t be poisonous but after taking my dog through it she’s been scratching her face a bit. I didn’t just walk her through it she was sniffing along the ground. Just wondering if her face itching would have anything to do with coming into contact

Pinellas County Florida

1 Response

That looks like a crepe myrtle, which does not cause itching as far as I know. The itching could have been from a number of things: maybe ants or other insects, an allergy to pollen in the air, or even a pesticide treatment to the landscape that she was sensitive to. I couldn't really pinpoint it, but I doubt it was the tree itself. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/crepe-myrtle

There are many poisonous plants that are cultivated and commonly planted in our landscapes so just because it was planted somewhere on purpose doesn't mean it's not poisonous.

I hope your dog is feeling better!