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Name: Van D.
Status: other
Age: 40s
Location: N/A
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Date: Thursday, November 28, 2002

Our group noticed the unique, strong smell the China Berry tree has when cut. In the case such as a China Berry tree, or any tree that is poisonous for animals to eat fruit or leaves from, could there be any adverse effects from burning the wood for firewood? Especially involving children being around the smoke? I have heard of the dangers of burning pressure treated woods. I thought you could help on this? Thanks -

I guess you mean Melia azedarach L. (please use scientific names of plants since common plant names are often used for more than one plant, often of different plant families).

Poisonous to eat but I did not see any info on the smoke from the firewood. Generally, should not be around smoke anyway.

Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.

See This site says of chinaberry: Mode Ingestion. Severity TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN.

The smoke of plants like poison ivy and poison oak, which are contact poisons, can produce a severe reaction if absorbed into clothing which then rubs on the skin, and is potentially dangerous if inhaled.

J. Elliott

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