What evergreen azaleas are deer resistant? - Knowledgebase Question

McCormick, sc
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Question by burnes
September 11, 2006
What evergreen azaleas are deer resistant (if any). I used to have a C27 and buy from you when I was a landcaper in Califoria years ago. Now I have relocated recently to S. Carolina. I live in a National Forest on a big lake. I plan to buy 150+ azaleas to plant beneath the canopy of trees. I have always used your azaleas. But now I am concerned that the deer with eat them all. Any ideas. I like the pinks (southern indica).

Answer from NGA
September 11, 2006
Deer really like munching on evergreen azaleas so I would remove them from my list of plants; they tend to stay away from azaleas rhodendrons with fuzzy leaves. With that said, you may want to try planting a single azalea and see how the deer population view it. If they leave it alone, you can probably plant lots of them without too much damage. There's no accurate list of plants deer ignore. It really depends on the size of the deer population, how hungry they are, and what else is planted in the neighborhood. Wish I could be more help!

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