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Plants that Deer don't eat?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Matt Hermann, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. Matt Hermann

    Matt Hermann LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    Need to install a few shrubs in a bed against my customer's house. He wants plants that the deer WILL NOT eat. We live in S. Jersey and the deer are terrible. He also wants about 3-4 shrubs, keeping the price per shrub down, also nothing higher than your knees, but it can eventually grow to be bigger. What do you guys suggest that the deer will not touch? (he wants to stay from rhododendrons). Sorry for all the questions, I'm new to all this.

  2. Leo the Landscaper

    Leo the Landscaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    What are the site conditions, other than deer pressure? Sun, shade, well drained or not, directional exposure?
  3. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 40,135

    I've never seen a deer eat any boxwood. Japonica are also deer-resistant, however not foolproof.
  4. jbc1013

    jbc1013 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Here's a good link from Cornell U. http://www2.dnr.cornell.edu/ext/inf... of woody ornamentla plats ot Deer Damage.pdf
    They classify them into "rarely damaged", and so on. For evergreen, low growing, I think ilex glabra is a good choice. Boxwood are another they rarely eat, and there are a number of low growing varieties. Abelia is another, and has some flowers in the summer. For deciduous, spirea and buddelia are but a few of the resistant shrubs out there.
  5. Matt Hermann

    Matt Hermann LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    Any other ideas?
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  6. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
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    Any of the hollies are good choices.

    Pyracantha? Not sure on this one, but I can't imagine they would.
  7. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,678

    artificialus plasticus.
  8. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,015

    1. Aronia arbutifolia ‘Brilliantissima’ (Brilliant Red Chokeberry) Grows to 6 or 8 ft. in height

    2. Buxus ‘Green Mountain’ (Green Mountain Boxwood) Evergreen shrub; upright, 5 ft. high and 3 ft. wide

    3. Clethra alnifolia (Summersweet) 6 to 8 ft. height with 4 to 6 ft. spread

    4. Cotoneaster apiculata (Cranberry Cotoneaster) Low growing (3 ft.)shrub

    5. Fothergilla gardenii (Dwarf Fothergilla)

    6. Itea virginica (Virginia Sweetspire)

    7. Myrica Pensylvanica: (Northern Bayberry)

    As others have said; soil, sun etc will contribute to what you should plant in addition to being deer resistant. Also, maybe anything in the Taxus genus such as a dwarf member.
  9. Mr. Fixer Upper

    Mr. Fixer Upper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Cannabis Sativa?
  10. Leo the Landscaper

    Leo the Landscaper LawnSite Member
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