Is this berry poisonous

Asked September 15, 2018, 5:49 PM EDT

This plant grows on my property line. Do you know what it is and are it's berries poisonous? I have small children so I'm thinking about removing it. Thanks

Oakland County Michigan trees and shrubs poisonous plants buckthorn

3 Responses

Hello,
The tree in your photo is common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica). It is considered invasive and the fruit are considered toxic. If the berries are ingested they can cause stomach cramps and have a laxative effect.
By all means, remove it.

Control options are detailed in the following bulletins.

https://mnfi.anr.msu.edu/invasive-species/CommonBuckthornBCP.pdf

http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/watch_your_landscape_for_this_invasive_shrub

http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/natural_resources/invasives/terrestrialplants/woodyplants/buckthorn_what_you_should_know.pdf

Follow all label instructions when using any chemical control.
I hope this helps you out and thank you for using AaE.

Thanks for your help.

Using the information your provided I identified and removed 2 five foot male plants on my property and identified a few more of these plants I'll take out.

As for the one in the photo's, it has shoots arising on the property of two neighbors and has grown through power lines and up to a transformer, so I"ll have to speak to DTE, neighbors etc.