Are False Cypress Poisonous?

False cypress is generally not considered toxic to children or to pets. It is worth noting that while most varieties of this plant are not poisonous, they are also not considered edible. There is one Italian version of cypress that is poisonous: Cupressus sempervirens. Cypress varieties can be difficult to identify correctly, so it’s generally best to avoid ingesting this plant.


Are False Cypress Poisonous to Children?

Ingesting, touching, or playing with false cypress shouldn’t present a poison risk to children with the exception of the Cupressus sempervirens variety. The plant is not edible, so parents should be wary of letting children ingest it. 


Are False Cypress Poisonous to Dogs?

False Cypress are not poisonous to dogs, unless it’s Cupressus sempervirens. This evergreen is not considered edible, and pets shouldn’t be allowed to eat it. Excess amounts of woody material within a dog's stomach can pose digestive issues, no matter what type of plant it is. 

Are False Cypress Poisonous to Cats?

False Cypress plants are not poisonous to cats, excluding Cupressus Sempervirens. False cypress is not considered edible, and cats shouldn’t be allowed to eat it. Cats are naturally curious, so this plant should be monitored if it is located in an area accessible to cats. 

Are False Cypress Poisonous to Other Animals?

False cypress is not poisonous to animals, with the exception of Cupressus sempervirens. This shrub is generally considered deer resistant, though it’s liable to be ingested by deer if other foods are scarce. 


Symptoms Of Cupressus Sempervirens Poisoning

Always check with your doctor or veterinarian for guidance if you suspect Cupressus sempervirens poisoning.

There is not much research on the symptoms of Cupressus sempervirens poisoning in people and animals. If other varieties of False Cypress are ingested, intestinal distress could result.

  • False cypress is not toxic, excluding Italian Cypress
  • False cypress is not edible
  • If large amounts of woody evergreen are consumed, animals and humans may be at risk of digestive issues

Preventing False Cypress Poisoning

In general, if you wish to keep pets away from False Cypress, a fence is always useful. You can also move the shrub to a protected area. Always keep an eye on children and pets when they are around plants and shrubbery.

Pet Poison Helpline

If something were to happen to your furry friend, and you suspect that they are suffering from Cupressus sempervirens poisoning, there is a poison control hotline to call for 24/7 vet advice. It is called the Pet Poison Hotline, and their phone number is (855) 764-7661.

Sources: "Cupressus sempervirens." Plants for a Future.

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Author Chris Link - Published 08-02-2022