WHATS EATING MY SHRUBS? - Knowledgebase Question

Question by KIMRODDEY
May 7, 2010
planted Hawthorne shrubs to avoid deer population.in wk all leaves eaten by something.the shrub continued to bloom but was unable to keep leaves for more than a few dys before eaten again.i returned them to Home Depot & purchased Pitossium (mispelled)& the exact same thing happened. There are geese that travel thru yard often, could that be the culprit? what can i plant?

Answer from NGA
May 7, 2010


Deer can be such a problem in some areas of the country, but not all plants are suitable for all growing regions. For that reason, not all deer resistant plants are indicated. I?ve found that native plants are often passed up by deer. But, a hungry deer will eat almost anything so your mileage may vary. If there is a large deer population and a big competition for food, even plants identified as deer resistant can become dinner for a hungry deer. With that said, here's a list of plants generally ignored by deer:
Shrubs: Abelia (Abelia spp.) Acuba (Acuba japonica) Autumn Aster (Aster spp.) Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) Blackberry (Rubus spp.) Boxwood (Buxus microphylla) Ceniza/Texas Sage (Leucophyllum spp.) Cotoneaster dammeri) Dwarf Chinese Holly (Ilex cornuta) Dwarf Yaupon (Ilex vomitoria) Eleagnus (Eleagnus spp.) Evergreen sumac (Rhus virens) Fragrant mimosa (Mimosa borealis) Germander (Teucrium spp.) Goldcup (Hypericum spp.) Japanese arealia (Arelia sieboldii) Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum) Juniper (Juniperus spp.) Lantana (Lantana horrida) Lavender (Lavandula spp.) Mexican Buckeye (Ungnadia speciosa) Mexican Oregano (Poliomintha longifolia) Mexican silktassle (Garrya lindheimeri) Nandina (Nandina spp.) Oleander (Nerium oleander) Pampas Grass (Cortaderia spp.) Pyracantha (Pyracantha coccinea) Red-leaf or Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius) Turks cap (Malvaviscus arboreus) Wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera).

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