DEER RESISTANT SHRUBS - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by srussell77
July 8, 2009
LAST WINTER IS THE FIRST TIME THE DEER ATE THE BOTTOM 5 FT OF MY YEWS, THE DEER POPULATION HAS GROWN IN SOUTHERN R.I.-NARRAGANSETT.WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT THE REST OF YEWS FROM BEING EATEN? WHAT CAN I PLANT IN FRONT OF THE SHRUBS ALREADY EATEN TO HIDE THE BOTTOM? CAN I STOP THEM FROM EATING THE BUTTERFLY BUSH?
I NEED 2 BUSHES ELSEWHERE - WHAT KIND?


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Answer from NGA
July 8, 2009

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Some deer repellant products are available, including Deer Away and Ropel. You might try applying these to your plants. The following shrubs are considered deer resistant: Berberis (Barberry), Caryopteris (Blue Mist Shrub), Clethera (Sweet Pepperbush), Cotinus (Smokebush), Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster), Cytisus (Broom), Winter Daphne (Daphne), Enkianthus, Redvein Forsythia, Golden Forsythia, Gaultheria (Wintergreen), Hamamelis (Witch Hazel), Hypericum (St. Johnswort), Ilex glabra (Inkberry), Ilex opaca (American Holly), Juniperus chinensis (Chinese Juniper), Kalmia latifolia (Mt. Laurel), Kerria japonica (Kerria), Leucothoe fontanesiana (Drooping Leucothoe), Lonicera (Honeysuckle), Mahonia aquifolium (Oregon Grapeholly), Myrica (Bayberry), Pieris japonica, Japanese Andromeda, Sarcococca, Spirea(Bridalwrealth), Syringa vulgaris (Lilac), Viburnum, Vitex (Chaste Tree), Weigela. As a rule, they are not bothered by deer, but a hungry deer will eat almost anything, as you have discovered. Let's hope for the best!

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