View Full Version : Bunny safe gardening advice

25-03-2011, 10:27 AM
I want to plant some trees at the bottom of my garden to add some extra privacy since new houses have been built at the back.

My buns are free range a lot of the time (always supervised) so I was wondering what trees are ok and if there are any that are a no go for buns.

They are very nosy so I don't want anything in the garden that might harm them, even if theres only a tiny chance they could get a nibble!

Any advice will be really apprechiated. Thanks :wave:

Bavarian Bunny
25-03-2011, 11:26 AM
Hazel and birch are fine, they can even nibble some of the leaves. Willow is good, too. Just make sure you protect the stem and roots with mesh, so that the bunnies don't destroy the whole tree.
Alder should be ok, and probably maples and sycamores, although I am not sure about them. They are all fast growing. I haven't read anything about rowan being toxic, but maybe someone else here knows.

Avoid laburnum, most fruit trees, especially cherry and apricot, walnut and most shrubs with dark glossy leaves.

25-03-2011, 11:30 AM
Thanks thats really helpful :)

25-03-2011, 11:31 AM
apple trees are excellent.

Bavarian Bunny
25-03-2011, 11:37 AM
A crabapple tree looks nice, and the only toxic bit are the apple seeds. I would think a hawthorn tree would be safe, too. There are varieties with little to no thorns, or the throns start higher up and can't harm the bunnies.

I have two alder trees in a pot, self seeded at our previous house. I have nowhere to plant them, though, as they can get quite tall.

25-03-2011, 05:52 PM
This is a link to a .pdf document so it takes a little while to open. There's a bit about twigs, branches and safe trees towards the end.