Abelia Grandiflora And Deer Resistance - Knowledgebase Question

Westport, CT
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Question by steve_pensak
May 29, 2002
Can you please tell me if abelia grandiflora is deer resistant. I have received conflicting information about this and would really like to know. I am planning to plant about 25 plants as a hedge border and have 6-8 deer living in the woods behind my house. Thank you very much.

Answer from NGA
May 29, 2002
Unfortunately, deer are very adaptable animals and can learn to eat new plants as they become available, especially if the plants are located on their habitual browsing trail. This may explain why you have found conflicting reports about whether or not they will eat it. Since you know you have deer, and since in my experience very few to no plants are truly deer proof (especially during a hard winter or where population pressure is severe), I would suggest you plan on using a fence to protect your plantings, no matter what you use. They can trample what they do not eat, in addition to being voracious once they have develop a taste for something. If a fence is an impossibility, you may have success with some of the spray on repellents although these do need to be applied and reapplied according to the label instructions. I'm sorry I can't be more encouraging.

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