Plants that Deer don't eat?

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

  1. Leo the Landscaper

    Leo the Landscaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    Deer love taxus and will eat fothergilla to the ground. What are your site conditions?
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  2. Hook and Ladder

    Hook and Ladder LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    I think I just peed a little.........:laugh:
  3. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,054

    This is what I was referring to Leo. (Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Prostrata')

    As far as the fothergilla I was wrong on that. Shouldn't have posted that.
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  4. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    Matt - I am going to try mountain laurel here at home. The deer do not like it at all and it is evergreen. 5-6 ft. mature height. it needs a shady zone 6 environment. You should try this link - - this list seems pretty accurate.
  5. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    They make dear repellant or you might have some luck pissing around the property.
    Or tell them to buy a sugar cub or put corn down then they won't eat the shrubs.
    If you would like to get a fine, shoot them!
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  6. Leo the Landscaper

    Leo the Landscaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    Got ya! That is a great plant! The plum yew that is.

    Fothergilla is often listed a deer resistant. Deer will pretty much leave them alone when the ground is not snow covered but with snow deer will eat all the way to the ground. If their mature they usually will sucker. But you dont get snow I am guessing.
  7. SMC

    SMC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    In Connecticut there are only a few shrubs the deer will not eat. Boxwood, Andromeda, Alberta Spruce. It is rare that they will eat Colorado Spruce. American Holly is usually a safe bet.
  8. sgbotsford

    sgbotsford LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    Yew, for shady areas.

    I have shelterbelts and have an overwintering deer herd that can number up to 80 hoofrats:

    The following species have survived well:
    1. Chokecherry.
    2. Redosier dogwood
    3. Sea buckthorn
    4. Villosa lilac
    5. Siberian Crabapple
    6. Toby hawthorn
    7. Green Alder
    8. Arctic blue willow
    9. Pussywillow
    10 Common osier willow
    11. Golden willow.

    Note that deer have regional tastes.

    Also: Having dogs in your yard does a lot to discourage deer. It's almost never a problem here except during late winter, when the easy stuff is gone, or burried under the snow.

    Companion planting with aromatics may help. Lavender, mint, basil, thyme.

    Ultimately deer will eat anything rather than starve. Deer fence has to be at least 8 feet high, and either opaque or invisible. (They don't see well and if they can't tell where the top of the fence is, they won't try it. They also won't jump a fence if they can't see their landing spot.) They are very good at crawling under fences however, so bury the bottom edge, or overlap it with burried chicken wire.

    A 0.303, or even a .270 is also effective, but may annoy your neighbors.
  9. SMC

    SMC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    In Connecticut, the only deer resistant evergreen shrubs are:
    Boxwood, Andromeda, Dwf Alberta Spruce. Boxwood sounds like the best option for your situation.
    The other option would be to plant things that the deer eat and apply a repellent in the fall to protect them during the winter. Deer will only eat evergreen shrubs from December to March.
  10. sgbotsford

    sgbotsford LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    Deer will eat the candles of pine, and the growing buds of spruce in spring.

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