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Bradford Pear

by David
posted 08-01-2017 06:57 PM

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#1 posted 08-01-2017 07:31 PM

I’ve read that the seeds are poisonous (if eaten in large quantities), but never heard anything about the actual wood itself posing any health issues.

-- Pete

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Bill White

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#2 posted 08-01-2017 07:36 PM

Yep! But ya better be aware that cutting the limbs can almost cause you the break an arm.
You don’t wanna know why I know.

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#3 posted 08-01-2017 07:38 PM

From the Wood Database:

Allergies/Toxicity: Besides the standard health risks associated with any type of wood dust, no further health reactions have been associated with Pear. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#4 posted 08-01-2017 07:38 PM

Turned some scoops from Bradford Pear didn’t apply a finish they been in use for many years. Like any wood dust is a problem but doubt will find Bradford Pear on any chart.

-- Bill

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#5 posted 08-01-2017 07:41 PM

Another thought on that: a lot of fruit trees (peach, pear, cherry, etc) have seeds (pits) that are “poisonous” if you eat a large amount of them – they break down in the stomach and cause cyanide to form through a reaction process. However, I’m guessing that this is a totally different case than using the wood, and not directly consuming it either.

-- Pete

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