Are Winterberry berries poisonous to dogs?
I'm considering adding some Winterberry (ilex verticillata) to my backyard for some winter interest. Are the berries poisonous to dogs?
Though my dog does not chew on shrubs, he has been seen nibbling on "tasty treats" that fall in our yard from the trees above. I would not be fencing off this area where I plan to add the Winterberry, so my dog will be allowed to stroll among the bushes.
Do the berries drop easily from the branches or do they stay on until birds eat them off? Are they attractive smelling to dogs? Most likely, my dog would probably accidently ingest some while nibbling on surrounding "tasties" in the same area.
If there is any chance of poisoning, I'd just rather look for other plants. Thanks for the input.