Cuban Laurel (Ficus retusa)

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CUBAN LAUREL
(Ficus retusa)

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This rapidly-growing, rounded, broad-headed, evergreen tree (also known as Ficus microcarpa) can reach 50 feet or more in height with an equal spread. The glossy, dark green, leathery leaves are densely clothed on large, somewhat weeping branches and are usually infested with thrips. New growth, produced all year long, is a light rose to chartreuse color, giving the tree a lovely two-toned effect. The smooth, light grey trunk is quite striking, can grow to three or four feet in diameter, and it firmly supports the massively spreading canopy. Branches trained to remain less than half the diameter of the trunk are well-secured to the trunk. Some varieties can be made into shrubs with pruning.

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 Cuban Laurel Leaves
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Distribution:
Though these are not native ti the USA they have been imported and used in a variety of landscape from city parks, around city buildings and even median dividers. They also can be found in many residential landscapes through out the US.

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Toxic Principle:
Ficin, a proteolytic enzyme
Ficusin, a psoralen.
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Poisoning Symptoms include:
Itchy, swollen or red skin. Ingestion leads to irritation of the mouth, hyper-salivation, nausea and vomiting. Lethal doses are dependent upon the individual animal. Vomiting, bloody feces and lack of energy, mark a potentially lethal reaction to the ficin found in Ficus plants.

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 Lone Star English Setter Club provides this information
as a partial reference of the potential poisons that could harm your dog.
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