The Q&A Archives: Evergreen, Fast Growing to 20/25 Feet, Deer Resistant in Napa

Question: I'm a good customer of Monrovia and trying to get the real scoop on what's best for my needs. Live in Napa and want a fast-growing to about 20-25 ft., ideally evergreen, deer resistant tree or shrub, to serve as a screen to block the view of neighboring homes, ideally good looking / flowering...Thoughts?

Also, independently, from your experience, how would you rank the following (and are they deer resistant from your point of view?):
- English Laurel
- Saratoga Laurel (laurus nobilus saratoga)
- Arbutus Unedo Tree form
- Arbutus Marina
- Thuja Giant (western arborvitae)
- Pacific Wax Myrtle
- California Pepper Tree (Schinus molle)
- Oleander (sister agnes or other)

Thanks much,


Answer: I'd plant Green Giant Western Arborvitae. Green Giant can grow 3-5' a year, ultimately reaching 30-50' tall and 10-20' wide. If you're looking for the fastest growing plant, Green Giant is the right choice.

Deer resistant plants don't really exist; a hungry deer will eat almost anything so whether or not deer will nibble your plants will depend upon how large the deer population is, how much competition for food ther is, and what other food sources they have. With that in mind, deer generally avoid Thuja, Arbutus, Pacific Wax Myrtle, Oleander and California Pepper trees. Sometimes they try nibbling on laurel, but it's not a favorite food.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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